The group is designed for kids to connect socially with peers while interacting with animals and learning about biodynamic farming and nature.
Highlights of the day
1. Meeting in the clubhouse to discuss the background and purpose of the farm animal sanctuary, our Earthkeepers Mission, and review the activities.
2. Compost Demonstration: Everyone can bring a bin with compostable materials (coffee grounds, tea bags, citrus peels, onion skins, egg shells, paper towels/plates, napkins, Kleenex, etc.) and/or over-ripe or mushy produce (bananas, apples, grapes, tomatoes, etc.) to feed to the chickens and pig. We'll have a demo of how in-ground composting works, and you can take home some soil if you bring a pot. Print our composting details.
3. Biodynamic Agriculture: A demo of how the farm grows pumpkins and decorative gourds in garden beds made from horse and goat dung mixed with the used straw bedding from the animal sheds. Dig up some beauty plants to take home in your bucket!
4. Pasture walk and Forest Bathing: We will meet the animals in the barnyard, then walk through the pasture and forest with them down to the "mindfulness log" overlooking a neighbor's pond. It's a peaceful place for reflection. We usually end the activities there then walk back up to the barnyard to say goodbye to the farm. The children may want to jump on the trampoline at the end before getting back into their cars.
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824
Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland
We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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