It's spring time in ATX. Naturally, this requires a visit to Sweet Berry Farms to hang with the goats, get some strawberries and not be stuck in a classroom. This little adventure was a chance for all the elementary aged Fortis Falcons to have a stellar learning experience together in a really fun place. If you don't know Sweet Berry Farms, you should really just take a little trip down to Austin to give it a visit- you'll be glad you did.
This is Farmer Jon (It's a totally cliche name, but it's true). He gave the munchkins the down low about life on the farm. This really boils down to a few simple rules: Don't let the goats eat your fingers, don't pee on the strawberries, and do run as much as you possible can.
Since it's a school field trip, they have to learn something. No big deal though. The little genius's soaked up some basics on how plants grow. They got to create a little package of pumpkin seeds to to take home to plant. Aidan was super excited about it, but we left the pumpkin seeds in the van overnight and they dried up. We haven't told him yet, so don't bring it up if you see him.
We did learn that lady bugs have a major role in keeping the plants at Sweet Berry Farms alive and thriving. So, the kids got to help make the world a little better place by releasing some lady bugs into the fields. They were given a lady bug and told to go turn it loose on a flower. It was a small miracle that Noah didn't put his lady bug up his nose. What did he get in return for his excellent behavior? The lady bug flew out of his hand and disappeared before he got it to a plant. The dude was crushed and has since sworn off following directions because when you follow directions your lady bug flies away.
A day at the farm isn't complete with out some time on the gun range. Here they got to take turns with a crazy contraption that mysteriously fired strawberries at a high rate of speed. They took turns letting loose with the heavy artillery to create a flag. They'll get to display the flag in their classroom as a reminder of their glorious victory.
This is the flag that resulted from the strawberry shooting chaos. It'll be proudly displayed in the classroom.
And finally, it's time to find out if the berries at Sweet Berry Farms are all they are cracked up to be. Our little ginger went bananas picking berries. She had to be drug out of the field as she continued clawing for more berries to fit in her overstuffed bucket. When we finally got her to calm down, we asked if she wanted to try the berries she picked. "No," she said, "I don't like to eat strawberries."