Friday, August 12, 2011


On Wednesday morning, we had a wonderful time getting to know some local farmers and their animals.  We tried to assemble the types of farm animals that our children will be sending to families overseas via Heifer Project International, and boy, did we have fun!

Tim and Dana from Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm in Lyndeborough brought "Romeo" and "Casanova" to meet the kids---they were sooooo soft, and they loved to eat carrots! Thanks to a "Friends of the Amherst Library" gift, in memory of Kathy Wilkins Rios, we will be able to help Heifer Project provide an alpaca to a deserving family in South America.

Lin L'Heureux and her husband Moe brought two of their beautiful hens to visit---our children earned enough to provide 5 flocks of chickens to families overseas!  By the way, Lin is trying to organize a local 4-H club (as a former 4-H'er, Miss Sarah is enthusiastically supportive--it's where I learned all about gardening, goats, chickens, sewing.....!)  If you're interested, you can email Lin at for more info.

Local high-school student Victoria Chistolini, of Pheasant Hollow Farms,  brought an observation-hive with real live honeybees! The kids were fascinated---they've earned enough to send 4 beehives overseas.  Miss Sarah was thrilled to find a source of fresh, local honey!

Ellen Zorawowicz is also a beekeeper--she is a fount of interesting information, and brought the "tools of the trade" to show to the children. They loved getting their "hands-on" demonstration....
...and they loved dressing up in the gear!

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