Saturday, April 02, 2016

Kids Homestead Club held at Little City Farm

A few weeks ago we held our first Kids Homestead Club here during the March Break.  For four days we had a wonderful eager group of 12 kids here (aged 6-12) to take part in hands-on homesteading fun.  We focused on learning about birds and pollinators, while using natural elements like soil, wool, wood, seeds and grain to create homestead projects and art.  The kids made their own bread in the wood-fired cob oven while talking about the importance of eating locally grown organic food; shaped dozens and dozens of pollinator-friendly seedballs with clay and compost; crafted wool-felted acorns and set out wool for birds to use as nest material; and each built a bird nesting box for small birds such as nuthatches, wrens and chickadees while talking about why our bird habitats are increasingly endangered.  It seemed to be a good pairing, learning practical hand-skills (such as hammering nails and kneading dough) while at the same time generating discussion about important environmental issues.  We all had a great time, and look forward to more kids activities here as we help to inspire our younger ones in the community to bring more homesteading hand-powered eco skills to their families.  Thank you to all the parents who also helped out during this week - we could not have done this without you, and hope you enjoyed yourselves too!

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