The 1st grade class of St Brendans visited the farm this past week to learn all about chickens, honeybees and gardening
The 1st grade class of St Brendans visited the farm this past week to learn all about chickens, honeybees and gardening

What a week a the farm!  Not only did we have a great time reading through the hundreds of entries for our “Name the Cabin” contest – we were also honored to be visited by a group of 24 first graders from St. Brendan’s Elementary School in Hilliard, Ohio.

The kids came to the farm on a field trip to learn all about how our garden grows, how our honeybees help the farm and us, and of course their favorite – the chickens!

The Chickens, as always, were the big hit with the kids!
The Chickens, as always, were the big hit with the kids!

It never fails – young or old – the favorite among all visitors to the farm is our little flock of 17 hens. The kids had a blast feeding them and learning about how they are kept. They also got a chance to see how a honey hive is put together, and how honey is made, and more importantly, tasting pure honey from our hive.

What had a blast sharing our little farm with a great group of kids and parents! Be sure to check out the end of the post for more pictures from the kid’s visit.

Farm Basket Contest Winners…

In honor of our 2,000,000th visitor to the site – we wanted to give away two farm crate baskets filled with our canned goods. One randomly selected from among our Facebook, Twitter and Email followers, and the other to whoever could come up with a name for our little self-sufficient cabin to be built over the winter. (see:Cabin Project)

Our farm crate winners will get a crate filled with one of each of our canned goods
Our farm crate winners will get a crate filled with one of each of our canned goods

Belinda Peterson – an email subscriber who hails all the way from  Austin, Texas was our follower winner.  Congratulations Belinda!

And then their was the “Name the Cabin” winner. We had an incredibly hard time choosing our favorite from over 350 entries!  We had many favorites, including the Hot Pepper Cabin, The Roost, and the Halfway House (since the cabin would be half way to building our real house on the farm :))

But there was one in particular that Mary and I both fell in love with the minute we saw it.

To us, it incorporated so much of the future and past into our farm.  The name “Casa Del Vino” was submitted by Sam Valentino from the Hartford, CT area.

In Italian – it translates to “The House Of Wine” – and with the cabin looking out over the vineyard – and with the Italian heritage and family history of wine making from my grandmother it was the perfect name for our little cabin!  We have decided to create a sign with the cabin’s name from our corks and old barn wood that can be hung over the entrance to the cabin. Congratulations Sam, and thank you!

Thank you to all who participated and sent in names! It was truly overwhelming! I think when we finish up the cabin – we may have one more contest for our followers to have a free weekend stay giveaway at the farm. 🙂

Happy Gardening!!!  – Jim and Mary

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The Chickens gobble up some food - you have to love the bright footwear of the kids!
The Chickens gobble up some food – you have to love the bright footwear of the kids!
Getting ready for lunch
Getting ready for lunch
Everyone got to take their turn at painting a gourd
Everyone got to take their turn at painting a gourd
tasting honey
Each 1st grader had the chance to taste pure honey from the hive – they were suprised how sweet and thick pure honey tastes!
the egg race
The kids had a blast competing in the spoon and egg race
Everyone took their turn having their picture taken on the tractor
Everyone took their turn having their picture taken on the tractor
Barn
Sitting on hay bales in front of the barn
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