Saturday, March 24, 2012

Photos from Class D Small Group Overnight

Crocuses in front of the farmhouse

Cow jawbone found by maple trees
Removing a small tap from a tree that had stopped flowing
Drilling a bigger hole to renew the tap hole
Installing the new tap

Put the bag back on the new tap
Watching for the first drop
Here it comes!
Time to pour the sap into the buckets

Collecting Sap

Collecting sap
Now time to boil the sap... and boil it more....and boil it more
Until we filter it 
And bottle it - today's syrup is darker than the first batch!

Time for a fire
Roasting sticks

Hepatica... the first woodland wildflower of the year

Showing off our candles




Getting ready to go birdwatching

In the bird blind
The goldfinches

LLarry the llama

Animal Chores
Collecting eggs

Free time in the red barn

Class D Small Group Overnight

Maple Tapping: 

The  first step is…

1. Tap the spiles in the tree.
2. You put a bag on the tree.

3. You wait a few days.

4. You collect the sap.

5. You boil it.

by Abbe


My visit to the Land School was extremely fun but would not have been the same with out the s’mores. Although everyone burnt their first marshmallow, we all agreed that they tasted great! We only got two marshmallows, but we thought it was really fun to roast them, so we roasted sticks instead. While we were eating our s’mores, we told stories about injuries and scars. After that we went on our night hike, and Molly wrote about that.

- Holden

The night hike
By Molly
My friends and I went on a night hike.
I had a hat that had ears on it.
It looked like a bear in the shadows.
So one of my friends thought I was a bear.
My friend and I were trying to get Katie to turn on her flashlight.
It was fun, freaky, and weird.



When we went down to the bird blind  there were lots of birds chirping. When we were actually in the shed, there were no birds on the feeders. After waiting for a while, we saw a Goldfinch. We waited a while again before we saw another Goldfinch. When we were silent for ten  minutes, we saw eight more Goldfinches. Now there were eight finches on the ground, and two on one of the bird feeders. We were tired of being there, so we went back to the homestead.


Pure Maple Candy.  
By Rylan

1.Heat up maple syrup to 235 degrees F. Take off heat and let cool to 175 degrees F.
2.Stir for five min. or until syrup color is lighter and mixture is thick and creamy.
3.Pour into mold and let cool.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Phenology Photos

Strawberries for the plant sale.

The tomatoes for the plant sale.

Pearl enjoying the ephemeral stream near the sugar shack.

Catkins flowering on an Alder on the Succession Trail.

Elm tree in full blossom.

Winter Rye cover crop has sprouted and greened up in the last week. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Last Full Day

By Emerson

I woke up at 7:25 I had farm chores in 5 MINUTES! AAAAAHHHHH! RUN! GET UP ADHINA! GET UP! Then I quietly, or what I thought was quiet, threw on some jeans and ran to go and wake up Núria and Josie. When they were ready, we stepped outside into the crisp morning air. There was frost under the grass and I could hear the slight crunch as I walked on it. When Adhina, Núria, Josie and I arrived at the red barn, we split up and did our separate jobs. Josie and I were on chicken duty so we had to feed them and give them water. 
This morning we had Math and everyone was desperately trying to finish up their Math packets. After Math we had Occupations, Andy’s group worked on making signs for the red barn, and Donna’s group made lunch.  After we ate lunch, we had C.E./P.E. (C.E. stands for creative expression).  For C.E./P.E. we walked to the Climbing Tree on the Sleeping Woods Trail. Then we had Science and we learned about spring frogs and we went to the bird blind but we only saw 3 species! 
Today at free time was probably the most fun free time I have ever had. Josie, Núria, Adhina, Yonci, Anna and I all went out in the cornfield without socks on and it was SUPER muddy. We had races in the mud and it was really fun. 

First (and maybe only) Sap Boil Photos