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farm. Curriculum appropriate School tours for pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students are offered year round, The experience is divided into five stations: blacksmith shop where children learn anything from how to shoe horses to how the farmer cares for his equipment; mobile chicken houses with cackling chickens, dairy with cud-chewing cows and goats; pasture and field walk; and Community garden. Fields chuckles when she recalls a young student who declared after he touched a warm egg that he couldn’t eat eggs anymore because a chicken sat on them. “Kids today have real issues with connecting what they eat to where it comes from,” she says. Another story she recounts is of a teacher who got upset when Fields showed them a chicken and said this is what you eat. “If we don’t teach our children to respect where their food comes from, how can we expect them to treat animals humanely? We all take pride in the fact that the farm is teach- ing young people about conservation, humane animal care concepts, steward- ship of the land and even respect for

all life great and small. “We make sure to tell them about the problems that pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are causing and what these do to our natural pollinators,” explains Fields. There is great pleasure in seeing a

small measure of understanding dawn in the expression on a parent’s face change as they listen and observe with their children. “We encourage parents to come with the school tour group or individually bring their families to visit the farm when they purchase our dairy products offered in our farm store,” Fields clarifies.

Grateful for the Pennsylvania Associa- tion for Sustainable Agriculture (, many individ- ual mentors and friends who have chal- lenged her to look at her farm with new eyes, Fields recalls that prior to 2004, she had only an equestrian focus for the farm. What she knew about a farm had solely to do with horses. Says Fields, “Due to 9-11 and the recession, our country experienced a huge economic and emotional crisis. I asked myself then, what can our farm do to help people feel safer? When other farmers from PASA and PAWaGN ( Pennsylva- niaWomen in Agriculture) challenged me to define the farm in wider, broader, and higher terms, I came to understand that I wasn’t given this farm to hold onto but to share it. That’s when Flint Hill Farm was really born.”

Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, 1922 Flint Hill Rd., Coopersburg 18036. Call 610-838-2928 or visit

natural awakenings

August l 2010


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