Want to know where your food comes from? This summer, you can go right to the source. At Breakfast on the Farm, families spend the morning at Nea-Tocht Farm, a 500-cow dairy farm in Ferrisburgh run by Raymond and Linda Vander Wey, their five children and their grandchildren. When kids arrive, they'll receive a scavenger-hunt sheet listing 10 stations they must visit to receive a prize. The not-so-tough challenges include milking a pretend cow with a realistic udder, riding a smoothie-blending bicycle, exploring a Lego farm and playing in a corn-seed sandbox. When they've finished the hunt, families can chow down on a pancake feast, then take a self-guided tour of the property, checking out the farm's robotic milkers and wind turbines. Organized by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the event aims to give people a firsthand look at modern food production. Can't make the June date? In August, a similar event will be held at Green Mountain Dairy Farm in Sheldon.
Mansfield Cooperative is a K-8 school providing intimate, comfortable learning environments for multi-age groups (K-4, 5-8). With a small student-teacher ratio and heightened parent involvement, we are able to provide students with individual work plans and interest-based projects. Students feel comfortable in this community to take risks and approach challenges…(more)