It was a beautiful fall day for our trip to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico, NY (about 40 minutes outside of NYC). Upon arrival at the Center, we were greeted by the staff who would guide us through the day's four hour program.
Our first adventure was to tour the farm and learn about resilient and sustainable farming practices. There were acres of vegetables and plants growing, as well as many farm animals to learn about. We saw chickens, goats, lambs, bees, cows, dogs, turkeys and pigs and came to appreciate how everything on the farm works together to create a healthy growing environment.
Our first chore was to harvest kale, which we would need for our lunch. We then collected eggs from the chicken coops. Javanni enjoyed that! It was a challenge to catch the loose chickens, but Neter and Ralph were up to the job!!
We then gathered in the center to prepare our lunch, which consisted of a vegetable soup, a bulgur wheat, onion salad, and a kale, apple salad! Shianne mastered the kale, apple salad and everyone else participated in chopping, dicing, and stirring! It was a healthy, delicious meal shared by all!
Our day at the farm ended with a discussion on the lawn, which focused on being aware of our surroundings and learning from what we see and hear. There was some storytelling involved as well and lots of laughs! And, last but not least, we participated in the daily turkey parade. The turkeys were herded from their pasture to the barn and it was quite sight to see our kids helping keep them in line!! A new experience for us all!
Back at the Harlem PAL Center, we harvested more great produce at the Hydroponic Farm that is growing on the rooftop there! The kids learned about growing food through this amazing method of farming vegetables in the city. Another salad and some pizza rounded out our day together! It was great to see and taste both ends of the spectrum in farming and a wonderful day all the way around!