At the Jensen Kinder Farm

We decided to celebrate Ava’s 7th BIrthday at the Jensen Kinder Farm. It was the first birthday celebration held at JKF, we brought cake and a little decor. We were worried that the trip wouldn’t push through because of the strong downpour and flood in the morning! We were praying and asking the Lord to let the rain stop and YEY! He answered our prayers! It became quite sunny when we arrived, but it was still drizzling as we did the tour.

During homeschool in the morning, we were preparing and I was briefing them on what to expect. Here is what Farmer Stacy emailed me and we discussed it with the kids:

Our farm tour is composed of the following attractions:
·         TOUR IN THE FARM – Where kids and adults will be toured around the farm featuring concepts and techniques in urban farming.
·         A DAY IN THE FARM – The kids will experience some of the things that farmers do every day in the farm. They will feed the rabbit, fish and chicken; collect eggs; water the plants; and fertilize the plants.
·         INTRODUCTION TO FARM TOOLS – The kids will learn the names and uses of the tools we use in JKF. The teacher will show them how to use them and the kids will use the tools themselves.
·         HANDS-ON PLANTING – The kids will learn how to grow plants from seeds and through cuttings.
·         PLANTER -MAKING – The children will design their own SUB-IRRIGATED PLANTER. This will include free herb which they can bring home.
·         FARM KIT PER STUDENT – to help the kids jump start their interest in farming, we have included the one farm kit as part of the farm tour package.

We could not wait to go!!! So here are just some of the things we did…

Welcome to Jensen Kinder Farm!
Welcome! Hats and boots provided by JKF.
Start of the tour. The vertical garden.
Start of the tour. The vertical garden
Self watering!
Self watering!
The Nursery.
The Nursery.
Never knew you could breed your own Red Tail Tilapia at home..
Never knew you could breed your own Red Tail Tilapia at home..
Farmer Stacy explaining to the kids that the fish keep their eggs inside thier mouths and the farmers have to get the eggs out themselves.
Farmer Stacy explaining to the kids that the fish keep their eggs inside their mouths and the farmers have to get the eggs out themselves.
Stingless bees!!! And the rain collector.
Stingless bees!!! And the rain collector.

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After the tour, TIME TO FEED the animals!
After the tour, TIME TO FEED the animals! They fed the fish, rabbit, hens and rooster.
Feeding the rooster..
Huge Mr. Rooster
They each got to collect an egg from the chicken coop!
They each got to collect an egg from the chicken coop! Trivia: A hen lays one egg a day. If the rooster is with the hen, she lays 2 eggs a day.. ahhhh…
Trying out the tools..
Trying out the tools..
And the other tools...
And the other tools…
A little bonus.. the kids got to harvest some petchay!
A little bonus.. the kids got to harvest some petchay!
Transferring some monggo to the trellis..
Transferring some monggo to the trellis..

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Hands-on planting and planter making..
Hands-on planting and planter making..
Herbs we planted and propogated and took home.
Herbs we propogated and took home.
Busy little farmers..
Busy little farmers..

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It was an afternoon well spent! And an unforgettable 7th Birthday celebration 🙂 We all had a wonderful time and we want to go back for more..

Best thing I liked is that even as we got home, the kids (and myself included) were still very eager to pursue backyard farming. We propogated the herbs we took home the next morning and planted the farm kits we got. More of the “after-party” next time…

Happy 7th Birthday Ava!!! Thank you JKF!!! :)
Happy 7th Birthday Ava!!! Thank you JKF!!! 🙂