Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks Week 1 Day 1

Greetings, and welcome to the first day of Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks camp! My name is Turnip and I am one of the barn cats here at Bowers. Wandering around the farm, I got to see everything campers were up to today!

They started the morning with a Pepper Party, where campers split up into four pepper groups: green, yellow, orange, and red. Each group decorated a flag that represents them as a team. Campers also discussed the C.A.R.E.S. contract and acted out each behavior. Cares stands for cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy, and safety.

Next, the peppers headed to the flagpole to do the daily flag ceremony. The red peppers raised both the American and 4H flag, and lead both pledges. Campers also learned The Hay Song.

Time for chores! The green peppers cared for the animals in the poultry barn. They replaced their food and water, as well as collected eggs. Campers also learned how to handle chickens!

Out in the horse barn, the orange peppers fed both pigs, Happy and Barney. They also groomed all three ponies, and refilled their hay and water!

Out in the garden, the peppers helped with weeding. They also picked kale and raspberries to be used in the Garden Kitchen recipes. There's nothing like using fresh raspberries in a raspberry slushy!

Today in Garden Kitchen campers did a taste test and described the flavor profile of different foods. They also made raspberry slushies! This was the perfect treat on such a hot day. To make this recipe at home, follow the recipe card below.

This week is a very exciting week because the incubated eggs will be hatching! In preparation, campers are making a brooder for them to live in during their first few weeks of life. Today they planned out the design for the home and the materials they will need.

There are so many tools used here on the farm to keep our animals healthy and safe. Campers learned about many of these different tools including a vet wrap, a feeder, a teat dip, and more! They will get a chance to see many of these in action throughout the week.

What better way to cool off than with a goat wash. The peppers cleaned the baby goats and rinsed off in the hose. They also learned that goats are herd animals, and will follow the direction of the herd. Campers put this to the test by running with the goat to dry off.

Campers tie-dyed their camp t-shirts today. They will get these back on Thursday to wear on Friday! The designs looked awesome, and we can't wait to see how they turn out.

Thanks for joining us for the first day of Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks. We can't wait to see you back here tomorrow for some more fun!

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