On Friday the 29th June we met our young farming champion Tim Eyes at his farm in Wyong Creek. We got out of the bus and were greeted by Tim and Hannah and their farm dog. Tim took us to see the different crops he was growing so that the cows had sufficient food to eat. Some of the crops included types of grass, oats and potatoes. We enjoyed getting our hands dirty while digging for potatoes.
Tim then introduced us to Joyce the dairy cow and her adopted calf. We named the calf DJ Ravioli! John enjoyed helping hand catch the calf so that we could walk and pat it. We then had the opportunity to milk Joyce. What an experience for those that were brave!
Following this, Hannah had to take the mareema sheepdog away so we could visit the chickens. This dog was amazing. He protects the chickens like the dog from the movie Oddball protected the penguins. John and Aaliyah collected two cartons of eggs from the chickens while Catriona gave them a cuddle.
We then met the cattle. We had to call them down the hill by calling “C’mon”. To be honest it was a bit frightening when they all ran towards the fence. We were able to feed them while we learnt about the beef industry from Tim. We discussed different types of cattle, how they breed, the abattoirs and the various products beef are used for.
Lunch was cooked by Hannah... mmmm.... beef sausages. We picked oranges from the mini orchard and ate them after lunch. They were delicious. Tim let us take some home.
We finished the day with a mini photo shoot for the Central Coast Express Advocate. We can't wait to see ourselves in the paper. We were sad to leave Tim, Hannah and the farm and can't wait to spend more time there in the future
This is some of what we leant:
“Different types of grass thrive or die depending on the season.” – Aaliyah
“The bull is only brought in for a short period of time to breed with the cows.” – John
“Potatoes grow in the ground. Seeing that blew my socks off.” – Brandan (aka HoP)
“There are beef products in many of our medicines.” – Amy
“I learnt how to milk a cow. It was strange.” – Catriona
“I realised how much work each farmer has to put in to grow a cow.” – Aaron
We thank Tim, Hannah and Tim's family for having us on their property. How lucky are we to have such a great mentor?!!
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets