Field Trip to the Dairy Farm
Our recent dairy farm field trip took us to a beautiful creamery in our community. The cows are allowed to roam free in beautiful wooded pastures, and they are rotated from field to field each day so their grass is always new, fresh, and sweet. There is a separate pasture for the expecting and new mommy cows, and one of them had just given birth the morning we were there.
The kids learned that the system of rotating pastures is called “12 Aprils” and is a unique approach to dairy farming.The little farm store is stocked with so much goodness–we came home with chocolate milk, cheeses, freshly ground grits, and honey to stock our pantry, while teaching our kids about the importance of buying local goods.
The owners taught us all about the importance of responsible and humane farming, and we enjoyed seeing how the dairy operation works from milking the cows to getting the milk ready to sell. The kids were especially intrigued with the bottling operation, and the chocolate milk line was a big hit with all of them.
Field trips are amazing opportunities for hands-on learning and experiencing the world in “real life.” These shared experiences are creating memories that will last a lifetime.
This grazing dairy and on-farm bottling plant and creamery is a fun and fascinating place to visit, and all we had to do was call ahead to get an educational tour from the owners.