Being an account of the Lower School Camp at the Forsythe Family Farms written by the Grade 6 Writing class, based on the IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) curriculum.
Looking for something very fun to do as a family? Keep reading to immerse yourself in our amazing adventure at Forsythe Family Farms. We experienced truth, goodness, and beauty through many things that day. Sustaining the environment is an act of true goodness that you’ll find when you visit Forsythe Family Farms. The animals were beautiful and well-kept. The amusements at the farm showed us what real fun is. Join us on our journey through Forsythe Family Farms. Ready, set, goat! Just kidding! GO!
Sustaining the environment is a large part of what Forsythe Family Farms is about. When we arrived there on the day of our field trip, we met very kind farmers to guide us through this adventurous day. Our first destination was the Giving Garden, which is used to harvest produce for the less fortunate. As we were picking beans and tomatoes, we spied a yellow-and-black spider. She was making her web to catch her next meal. Maddy from the Grade 6 class tried to feed it beans, but obviously the spider was not a vegetarian and preferred insects. Viktoria, who is also in Grade 6, freaked out when her classmate Leonor pointed out that she was walking right by the spider! The vegetables that we were picking were covered in soil. The good weather and the hard-working farmers help the plants grow abundantly. All you need to do to grow the delicious vegetables is a little hard work and some TLC (tender, loving care), not pesticides. So these vegetables are organic and healthful. Therefore, the Giving Garden does its part to help sustain the environment.
Another area of Forsythe Family Farms that we visited was the animal barn. As we entered the “royal” barn, we were greeted by a gobbling gang of turkeys. In front of the turkeys, there was a sign that told us that the turkeys had no plans for Thanksgiving dinner if we wanted to invite them! There were also chickens, pigs, sheep, a cow, rabbits, and goats in the barn. The farmer who was guiding us through the barn explained which animals we were allowed to feed and what each animal ate. She also made clear to us that we could not feed the cow, the turkeys, the chickens, or the pigs. It was interesting to see how eagerly the animals reacted to the sight of food. The animals that we thought reacted most wildly were the rabbits and goats. The goats even butted heads just to get a bite. As for the rabbits, they almost hopped out of their cage. However, there was one rabbit which was not at all interested in the food. We even named the rabbits “Bean,” “Luna,” “Chew,” and “Asteroid.” After the animals were satisfied enough, we went over to the beehives. Mika, who was especially interested in how bees produce honey, wanted to taste some. Lucky for her, we were able to sample honey from this summer’s harvest and last year’s. This summer’s harvest was less solidified and less sugary than last year’s harvest which had had more time to crystallize. All the creatures we saw were fascinating, from the bees to the animals in the barn.
The next part of our adventure at Forsythe Family Farms began with our amusing wagon ride. Our wagon was named “Pumpkin Express,” and our driver was Jim Forsythe himself! The first thing we saw was what Jim called “giants.” These were actually sunflowers that measured around ten feet. After we saw the “giants,” we travelled down Fairytale Lane. Down the lane, we saw colourful wooden figures of various fairytale scenes. It was very nostalgic and reminded us of our childhood fairytales. Next we saw something up in a tree that really amazed us. It was a bird’s nest wrapped in spider webs. It was the size of a hippopotamus. Then we passed beside a field of milkweed. The number of monarch butterflies we saw in the field was sizable! Milkweed really helps monarch butterflies because it is where they most often lay their eggs. To end our amusing wagon ride, the wagon wound its way through an apple orchard which led us back to our starting place. Our next adventure was through the corn maze. We had a lot of fun trying to figure out our way through the maze. It was very frustrating that every wrong turn we took led to a dead end. After our amusing adventures on the wagon ride and through the corn maze, we sadly walked back to the bus and reluctantly returned to our school!
As you have probably already understood, we had a lot of fun at Forsythe Family Farms. We hope the world can sustain the environment like Forsythe does. The creatures we met, we will never forget! During our wagon ride, we made some meaningful memories. Visiting the farm was a beautiful bonding experience for our class and the whole Lower School. We got to know each other better and to find out more about nature. On the bus we reminisced about all the fun we had at Forsythe Family Farms, and we hope you will visit this amazing farm to experience the truth, goodness, and beauty that we experienced.