What an adventure we had today! It was the UW Science Fair and while most of it I was pretty sure would be too old for Sam and Avery the Cattle Milking Demonstration did catch my eye.
Wasn't I just asking on Facebook about finding a working farm with big animals in our area that we could visit? Love the timing!
OH! Before I move on to pictures from today I know you are all anxiously awaiting the results of the PlayOutdoors Deuter Backpack Giveaway. The winner has 24 hours to email me with an address so that I can send the information on to PlayOutdoors to get your backpack to you.
And the winner is.....comment number 123......TAMI S.! Yay!
Okay, now back to today's adventure.
The BIG hit from the greenhouses were the plants we were allowed to eat off of! Sam hunted and hunted with one of the workers for the last of the beans for her to pick and enjoy. She did share ONE with her daddy.
This made Chris and I even more excited to see how she will react when we are picking and eating food from our own yard!
The Nitty Gritty!
Both girls were very captivated by the cows. I think they could have stood there watching them walk in, get milked and walk out for hours. It was really a neat process. By very limited farming experience means I have no idea of machines like these and set ups like there are commonly used but the cows were pushing there way to get into line to get milked and didn't seem to mind the process at all (both of which surprised me having been through nursing and not been a huge fan!).
But this experience did get me thinking... When do children learn where there food comes from? Do schools still do field trips to farms to see how beef, pork and chicken are raised? How grain is processed and mass amounts of vegeatables are grown? But, what they would see at a local family farm would not be the REAL situation for probably a majority of the food they would actually eat. With my environmental studies degree I have read and research the food industries; I KNOW where my food comes from, what has been done to it and what it really looks like (most of which is why I choose to eat the way I do!). But I learned all that in college and because I chose to. How do other people learn this stuff? And is it okay that there are some people that don't know?
I truly feel that more people really knew, I mean really knew, what happened to their food before it hit their table they might choose different options. And how do we reach those people that are okay with the "ignorance is bliss" mentality?