Today’s farm tour was a tale of a farmer’s enthusiasm compelled with childhood innocence.
The 4 year olds from Braddell Heights Kindergarten turned up to visit today, and brought with them wide-eyed stares and raw curiousity.
It was a hot, humid day but the little tots’ spirits were not dampened. Their enthusiasm never weaned, even during the “re-planting” competition right at the end of the tour. Such energy is worthy of praise.
Amidst green pastures, blue skies and wide-eyed stares, the tour was full of childhood reminiscence.
We summarize the highlights of the day for you!
“See, no smell!”
The tour started with an introduction of our unique organic compost. It is made in house, using waste materials and vegetables. The result is compost that is organic and of high quality, without any foul smell. How wonderful!
But understandably such facts are difficult for four year olds to appreciate. So instead we got the 4 year olds to line up in a single file and gently prod the compost. “See, no smell!”
The hero of the day goes to the Thai Basil. Stopping in front of the sweet potato leaves farm, we got everyone to take a whiff at a certain Asian herb plant. That herb turned out to be the Thai Basil, which repels insects and protects the sweet potato leaves from pests. Talk about nature’s saviour!
“Papaya tree,” the kids chimed in unison as we pointed out our trees growing tall and bearing fruits, and explained about it in further detail.
We picked up a lime and got the children to smell it in turns. While the little tots have been unusually obedient, their cheeky side suddenly surfaces.
“What does it smell like to you?” we asked.
Casually stopping in front of a banana tree, the kids were surprised to see that it was red. Ah, nature’s beautiful colours. This is one of the 108 types of bananas around.
Moving On to the Vegetables
At the spinach farm next, the curious little ones were introduced to the 2 types of Chinese Spinach, a red one with rounded leaves and a green one with pointed leaves. The red spinach, according to JJ is good for females. It promotes blood circulation so ladies, eat more!
“I want to touch the kai lan!”
You get a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a child.
As we described how a type of kai lan has a powdery leaf surface that naturally repels insects, there was a collective response from the curious ones – “I want to touch!”
“Eat the long bean so you grow taller”
“Eat the long bean so you grow taller!” – this statement got the kids’ response immediately. Sadly, it is just a myth. The long beans and the french beans are planted across each other and it was easy to show the little ones the differences between them.
After a hot sunny morning we retreated to the shelter, where the kids were all given baskets of compost and stalks of tiny green spinach.
Their mission: To replant the spinach as neatly as possible to win a prize!
Predictably, most of the credit for the neater baskets went to the teachers who helped out around, but nevertheless it was a fun-filled day full of learning and adventure.
Of course, what tour would be complete without shopping? The kids got to purchase their very own pack of freshly harvested greens (we harvested and packed them the same morning) home to share with their parents and family.
It’s never easy to part with these curious little ones when they bring joy and laughter to our farm. Waving to us as they retreated into their oversized yellow bus, we can truly say they put a smile on our faces 🙂
Thanks for visiting!