Thursday, 24 May 2012

Northney Farm Educational Visit

This week we joined a group of local home-schoolers at Northney Farm, Hayling Island to learn about life on a working mixed farm.
It was a wonderful day! The children learned about dairy farming, crop growing, chicken keeping and ice-cream making! The farm makes it's own ice-cream and also has a lovely tea room where we bought lunch.
I took so many pictures, so what follows is a picture journal of our day!

Arriving at the farm - Hannah, Rhianna and Melissa

Learning about milking


New Calf

Hannah with a slightly older calf

The Calf Shed

Happy Girls

Waiting to go into the chicken runs
Chickens!


Geese

Cockerel

Goose eggs

Beautiful apple blossom in the chicken runs

Hannah was really excited to see new laid eggs again!

Older cows almost ready to go out to pasture.

Lunchtime at the tea rooms! It was so hot Hannah changed into her shorts!

After lunch the children were shown a variety of traditional farming equipment and then had a quiz.

Next, it was time for a tractor and trailer ride around the fields to see the crops.

Hannah loved the tractor and riding on straw bales in the trailer!

All aboard!

Wheat fields

This temple was discovered under the potato field!

peas

We stopped at a neighbouring farm to visit the pygmy goats,


who had lots of kids!

the alpacas,

and the kunekune pigs.

Then we went back to the farm to learn how they make their own (very delicious) ice cream.



and finally we all had a complimentary ice cream to finish the day!


 This was a really great trip, definitely one of the best trips we've done. It suited Hannah perfectly, and as we went with our really good friends it was a lovely day out !

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