Here comes spring. Let's celebrate Easter on the Farm - April 8, 2023
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Despite all the snow, spring is waiting to burst forth in warmth and mud. Spring air smells different from winter. The cold of winter has no odor, but spring brings a musty fragrance that seeps through snow like smoke rising from a chimney.
After a long, snow-filled winter, it’ll soon be time to do a happy dance and welcome warmer, non-snow-filled days. If you don’t know how to dance, the cattle can show you the bovine style. Every spring, when I let the cows onto a new pasture, they kick up their heels, bounce into the air, and dash for the best patch of grass. It’s hard to imagine a 1,000-pound cow leaping in the air, but seeing is believing.
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Let’s hope March will go out like a lamb this year, and April showers will create green grass and lush pastures for my dancing cattle. April is also when we expect a crop of nine calves. A two-week-old calf named Oscar recently arrived at the farm. This was a different kind of arrival. He came in a trailer with his mom, whom I had just purchased. Adorable Oscar runs circles around his tired mother, and you can meet him at the “Easter on the Farm” event on Miles Smith Farm on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At this fun event, you’ll come face-to-face with Scottish Highland cattle and experience their antics while they snatch a tasty snack right out of your hand. For the price of an alfalfa cube (we supply the cubes), Curious Bleu, the riding steer, will let your child climb on his back to pose for photos. Eleanor the donkey, two sheep, and the goats will welcome back scratches and calves Millie and Bette will look for snuggles. Of course, Tazzy, the mini-pig, will grunt and complain until she gets a belly rub.
Last year a calf was born at our Easter Eve event, and this year you might be lucky and witness a birth. How exciting!
The event is hosted by the nonprofit Learning Networks Foundation, the nonprofit facet of my farm. It costs only $15 per adult. Children are free. If it’s still cold, we’ll have the fire pits roaring to help keep your feet and fingers warm, and we’ll have alfalfa cubes that you can feed the critters.
My creatures and I look forward to seeing you.
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