Making Friends on the Farm


Our university’s Division of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service join up each year to put on a program called Farm Friends, which allows “city” kids to see and touch farm animals they might not otherwise get close access to. This is the first year we went, with the Bit’s friends from school, and I have to say it was a lot of fun.

The 4-H kids got to show off their animals, and you know I’m a sucker for 4-H kids (given that I was one, though I never raised any animals).

There were goats

goat farm friends
Yes, the baby goat is wearing a cowboy hat.

and rabbits

rabbits farm friends
The Bit took her camera, too; we'll have to see what she got pictures of!

and sheep.

sheep farm freinds
One of the Bit's friends checks out the sheep.

There were horses, cows and chickens, though I didn’t get any good pictures of them. There was a sheep getting sheared, ladies spinning yarn, a weaver, a man shoeing a horse. There were saddles to sit on

saddle
She loved the saddles and went back to them a couple of times.

and a “cow” to “milk.”

milking cow
I don't think she actually got any "milk."

Best of all, there were chicks. Lots of chicks.

chicks
Checking out the chicks.

The Bit loved the chicks.

chicks
I cannot stand the cuteness.

She would have played with the chicks all day. She did pick one up by the neck, but otherwise she was very gentle and sweet to them.

I don’t know if you have a program like Farm Friends near you, but if you have a chance to get your kids around animals, particularly little ones they can interact with, do it! It’s fun for everyone involved.

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  1. Oh, that looks like so much fun! We just got five more chicks and, of course, the kids LOVE to hold them. They’re so cute, and I love having my kids get the chance to be around animals and learn about caring for them. Your little sweety looks like she had a great day 🙂

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