Today we visited Grace Springs Farm at Kulnura. We had the BEST afternoon. After a warm greeting by Virginia, Tony and Molly, we began our tour of the farm. First stop - the cows! We learnt a great deal about keeping cows, their anatomy and how to train them. Virginia suggested that her friend Lotta join us. We all fell instantly in love with this gentle and curious soul. Much to our delight we were able to lead Harmony around the rest of the farm with us. As Aaliyah took the rope she declared, “I love my life!”
Heading towards the chickens we said a quick hello to the very noisy sheep. On arrival to the chicken pen Steven found a runaway. He was definitely the chicken whisperer! It is no secret that Aaron loves his chicken… and well, his love was obvious as he hugged a chook. “Can you adopt me?”, he said to Virginia.
We then tasted Thai Basil in the market garden, cuddled some meat chickens, and helped with some chores. One group learnt how Virginia rotates her cattle on the property and another assisted in the moving of a group of ducks.
To finish the day we cuddled some duckings. Virginia and Tony had to check pockets as we were leaving to make sure we didn’t smuggle any out.
We can’t wait to visit Grace Springs Farm again. We learnt so much and Virginia was amazing at explaining all things farming at our level. These are some of the things we learnt:
“You can run and manage a fund without having a great deal of money. You just use what you have there and it all comes together.” - Isabella
“All the animals have a job on the farm. They have to work for their food.” - Aaron
“Cows are actually easy to train when they are first born so when they get older it is easier to move them to different paddocks and look after them.” – Chelsea
“Cows can get up to 450 kilos!” - Steven
“I learnt about the anatomy of cows and chickens.” – Aaliyah
“There are different types of chickens – meat birds and egg-laying birds!” – Brandon
"“The students learnt about holistic farming, permaculture and the benefits of chemical-free produce. Virginia and Tony engaged them in all aspects of the property and I know that when we return to the classroom the discussion around their experiences will be rich. “ – Amy
Selfies with Lotta
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets