One of the cool things about homeschooling is the opportunity to ditch The Three R's for the day and take a field trip. Another mom in our church graciously organized a zoo trip for over 100 homeschoolers, which meant that I got to spend the day asking my daughter the specifics on various and sundry vertebrates, because I'm a fun mom like that. But after a while I gave up (or ran out of questions - I'm not a biologist) and started taking photos for a lap book we'll make.
|Is the giraffe a staple of every zoo?|
|I think the fun costumes were a hit, too.|
|Byron's Great-Granddaddy gave this milk container to Aunt Dottie, his granddaughter. We feel so honored that she and Uncle Hank have passed it on to us!|
|Here we are...and this visit deserves - and will get - its own post!|
First let me mention that with our animals, we are following the Polyface model of rotating birds (chickens) after herbivores (cows) in order to restore pasture, provide food in the form of larva for the chickens, and thus control said larva from hatching into flies. Joel Salatin of Polyface explains this in great detail in his books, but he primarily follows patterns seen in nature and has been able to mitigate much disease and produce outstanding food. Have you seen Food Inc.? Cue it up on Netflix when you're done with this post and when you watch it, look for the part that features Salatin. Even though we're on a MUCH smaller scale, we're following the Polyface model of using portable electric fencing to rotate our animals.
Since we have such young calves, we decided we needed a light, portable shade device that we could easily move from pasture to pasture. After discussing various options, here's what I came up with:
|Tarp over PVC anchored to bulky landscape ties = portable shade!|
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