C is for….

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Krista Cressman

Man oh man! We have been so busy here at Steckle with our Spring start up! So busy in fact that Spring is now over and we are transitioning into Summer! I can’t believe it! Since Spring seems to have gotten away on me, here is a little update of what we’ve been up to!

C is for COOKIE
Hi, my name is Allie and I work in a cookie factory! With hundreds of new students visiting us each week, the kitchen has been filled with the wonderful smell of freshly baked cookies! Each student receives a home made oatmeal cookie during their tour. Each batch of our recipe makes approximately 30 cookies and I have to say,not only have my math skills improved as I double and triple the recipe, but my baking speed and skill has also improved significantly over the last month. I should probably enter a speed baking contest (if those exist of course!). We were very lucky to only have a few rainy days throughout the spring tour season. While our programs run rain or shine, a sunny day exploring the farm is preferable!

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3+ years without a trim!

C is for CARE
I love term “care” to describe life at Steckle. Our staff all work together to ensure that everyone and everything is taken care of to the best of our abilities. I am so privileged to be a part of this team that is always willing to lend a hand whenever it is needed. Not only do we care for each other but we care for our heritage site as well! Steckle has been a designated heritage site since 1983. We are thankful to have staff and visitors alike who respect our non-profit organization so that we may continue to educate the region about farming practices as well as host beautiful weddings and other special events!
Care also applies to our animals. Each of our farm friends requires special knowledge in order to ensure all of their needs are met and therefore allow them to live happy and healthy lives. Remember that farm animals do not make good house pets because of their unique needs. From specific

diets, space requirements, grooming, and veterinary care; there is lots to consider when taking care of our animals. Our sheep and llama had their summer hair cuts last week. In the heat that we’ve been having lately, I’m quite sure they think getting their wool sheared was worth it! Renee, our llama, had her first haircut in the 3 years that she has lived with us!

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After! Renee will be much cooler this summer and while she may not show it, we’re sure she appreciates it!

Big shout out to Lauren and her mom Gloria, who had helped us to move

Renee and our 6 sheep down to the barn in preparation for their wool-cut appointments on our Open Tuesday Animal Care day! After we prepared a few stalls with fresh straw, hay, and water, we attempted to herd the flock down from the upper pens. It must have been quite the sight to see Jasmine the ewe being so stubborn! Krista tried to guide her down with a rope halter, Lauren held the feed bucket in attempts to coax her, and I ended up pushing her from behind. Sheep are strong!  Needless to say, we got our workout in for the evening!

If you are interested in learning more about how we care for our animals and help us out, please fill out the volunteer form on our website and join us every other Tuesday at 6pm! We welcome volunteers of all ages however those under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult!

C is for CHILDREN

Daddy and Baby!

Daddy and Baby!

We have some proud new parents on the farm! While geese are very territorial and it is difficult to get close to their goslings, seven little cuties have joined Steckle this month! Come and visit us during our Open Tuesday event ($5/household, 3-7pm, every Tuesday) and say congratulations!

 

C is for CAMP
Finally, as I mentioned before, our spring programming has come to an end and our Summer camp educators have been busily organizing camp activities as well as creating new ones! Our staff this year brings so many unique qualifications and experiences together and it is sure to be an awesome summer! Our JR leaders came to the farm last Thursday and Saturday to complete their training so that they are prepared when they come to volunteer their time for several sessions throughout the summer. Camp sessions begin July 4th and many of our programs are already sold out! Please visit our website for further details about our camps and updated registration information. We hope to see many returning faces as well as new faces in the barn this Summer!

– Allie