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. I got the chance to wander the farm today and see everything the campers were up to!
They started the morning with a Pepper Party, where campers split into four groups: green, yellow, orange, and red. Each pepper group painted a flag that represents them as a team. Campers also reviewed the C.A.R.E.S. contract and demonstrated each behavior. Cares stands for cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy, and safety.
Next, it was time for the daily flag ceremony. The orange peppers raised the American flag and lead the pledge. Campers also learned "The Hay Song", a camp favorite!
The green peppers headed to the poultry barn for animal chores. They cared for the poultry by replacing their food and water, as well as collecting eggs. Campers also fed the chickens leftover food scraps from the compost bin.
Tie-dye time! Campers dyed their camp shirts today. They will get these back later this week to wear on Friday. They look awesome, and we are excited to see how they turn out!
Out in the garden, the peppers helped gardener Danyal with weeding. While they were working they found a tomato hornworm. This was also the perfect opportunity to cool off in the hose!
There are bacteria all around us. The peppers took swabs of different things in the lower barn including goat saliva, llama fur, and sheep wool. They then transferred this bacteria into a Petri dish and will watch it grow throughout the week.
In Garden Kitchen, campers did a flavor taste test and described different foods including pretzels, spinach, chocolate, pickles, and gummy worms. They also made pineapple spinach smoothies! To make this recipe at home, follow the recipe card below.
Farmers and veterinarians use so many tools to make sure our animals are safe and healthy. Campers learned about these tools, specifically stethoscopes. They learned why it is important to track our animals heart rates, and high and low heart rates mean.
Campers cleaned off some of our ponies and horses today. They began by dry brushing the dirt off, then finished with a rinse!
We're so glad you could join us for the first day of Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks! Be sure to stop back daily to see the fun the peppers get up to. See you tomorrow!