What happens when you heed a call on your life and give it EVERYTHING you've got? Blessings. Blessings come. And, they arrive when you least expect them. You see, this farm is a dream come true for me, and my family happens to enjoy it too. Right there, that's a blessing. We feels it is a gift to be able to own our farm and we can't imagine not sharing it with our community. That's where you come in!
We've been adding livestock all spring, working on projects, and building and repairing items all over the farm in preparation for what's next. Managing social media, building the website, and attending lots of training classes and workshops have been squeezed into the midst of it all too. In addition, we have been meeting with mentors, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and hosting private events, tours and workshops in an effort to get a feel for how our community would like to interact with our farm.
We couldn't be more thrilled with how this first year is shaping up based on all of your input. We thank you for coming alongside and joining us on this journey and we can't wait to get to know you more as these plans unfold. We have college students signed up for internships, homeschool groups working on creating custom curriculum to take place throughout the year, and we have plans in place for Girl Scouts to complete badge requirement workshops, hold overnight camps, and work one-on-one with me to develop and complete bronze, silver and gold award projects. In addition, we are having a blast hosting large and small groups for private, custom farm experiences. Photographers have asked to bring clients to our farm for photo shoots and we've been partnering up with various experts in the farming and ag world to bring you, the adults, specialized classes and workshops on topics that you are interested in. We didn't see any of this coming, y'all. We just thought we would start our farm and teach a few classes to groups of students coming on field trips eventually. When a community comes out of the woodwork requesting programs like this, it does two things. First, it allows a local farmer to fill a need in the community. Second, the community is able to support a local farmer. How neat is that?
The biggest request we have received is our biggest announcement this month and one that is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. I am a former teacher with a focus on early childhood education. In addition to teaching public school, I have also owned and operated my own preschool as well as directed several preschools too. This fall we are launching a recurring program for parents and their young children. This program is designed to be a special time to visit the farm in a guided "mom and me" type experience. (Dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, etc. welcome too, of course.) There will be interaction with the land and with the animals, as well as age-appropriate learning activities and centers for children and their parents to engage in during the visit. We conducted a survey and received an overwhelming response. We gathered all the data and are now creating the curriculum for the launch of the program this fall. Sign up for our monthly newsletter and continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more announcements regarding this program and others we will be launching this fall. Reach out anytime if you have an idea for a program you feel would benefit this community or you have a request for a custom event. We look forward to seeing you on the farm soon.
Thank you for blessing our family with your support. It is much appreciated!