Planting our food at Calvert Farm

My children have had the chance to feed animals at places like Shelburne Farms, but they’ve never actually done any farm work related to food. Since we subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that provides us a box of produce from a farm in Maryland during the entire growing season I jumped at the chance the first weekend of spring to spend an afternoon working on the farm with the kids. It was one of those travel experiences that could be marked not in the miles covered (which were few) but in the lessons learned. Such as how to use a hoe

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and how to plant peas.

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Teddy also spend a good amount of time stuffing potato seedlings into a work glove and admiring the chickens.

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It was a gorgeous day on the farm and a perfect way to welcome spring. We got to enjoy a lovely potluck lunch in the sunshine. And now we all know where that great produce we eat throughout the summer comes from!

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  1. Living on a farm, I sometimes forget that not every child has the chance to garden. It’s great that your kids are having this experience!

    Linda’s last blog post..Utz Factory Tour in Hanover, Pennsylvania

  2. What a great thing to do with your kids!! Ah, I’m jealous. I suppose I could teach my kids some gardening skills in the backyard, but it just would not be the same.

  3. The farm looks like fun…and congrats on the re-design. It looks ADORABLE.

  4. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate the spring than to do it with your hands in the dirt…looks like you all had fun. I started a garden at my kids’ school and it is so amazing to watch them gobble up the broccoli and lettuce they have grown…they pick it out of the garden and have it during snacktime. Great lessons, great fun, and great way to get kids to eat veggies (tastes better when you grow it yourself and eat it fresh from the garden!). Have you enjoyed being part of a CSA?

    Lucia’s last blog post..Travel Photo Friday: To the Sea

  5. Thanks for the comments all.

    Lucia, I have really enjoyed being part of a CSA. It’s like getting a present every week because you never know what’s going to be in the box. It also has made me cook things I never would buy on my own (more leafy greens and radishes for instance). And I think it gets us eating even lower on the food chain than usual – I had my vegetarian cookbooks out quite a bit all spring and summer.

  6. Just in case you think we’re not reading….you may recall the experience of you learning how to plant peas on your very own land was not exactly the stellar one I had envisioned! I remember screams and tears and some days that did not end well. Glad to see you’ve turned that experience around with T & T!!!

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