Kicking off spring with our first school tour of the season.
The tour started off by explaining what an urban homestead is and how it can reduce our dependency on outside sources.
“From the things we have to do before we can learn them; we learn by doing them.” — Aristotle
As we went through our front yard, we explained that not only is the yard our “grocery store” but it is also our “pharmacy” as we pointed out all the edible plants and herbs.
Upon entering the backyard, the kids began to “oooh and aaah” as a whole new world opened up right before their very eyes. We asked the students if they knew how many miles their food traveled and gave them tips how to eat more locally.
As we gathered into the main patio and the students took their seats, the fun began! First, it’s “Smell ‘n Tell” as we handed out fragrant herbs from the garden to test their olfactory senses.
It’s not only about smell but taste, too. So, I whipped up some fresh chard wraps stuffed with hummus and tabouli (made with homegrown mints, green onions , parsley and canned tomatoes). Jordanne pedaled the bike blender to mix up some vanilla yogurt & berry smoothies. Both were tasty treats for everyone.
Last, but not least, the “Backyard Barnyard” circus got paraded out over squeals of delight, as everyone wanted to pet the chickens, ducks and goats. They were fascinated how soft the chickens’ feathers were and the way the black feathers shone with a tint of green. The ducks never fail to get laughs as they waddled out. Blackberry, the pygmy goat, as always, was the star of the show and she loved every minute of it.
We wrapped up the educational tour with a Q & A, discussing what small changes they could implement in their daily lives to become a more responsible consumer and caretaker of the planet.
Take a tour along with us…