Going to the Farm Walk

April 17, 2011

Pierce College Farm Walk

I impressed my husband when we attended Pierce College’s Farm Walk. This is an annual event where they turn their 235 acre animal learning/teaching center into a farm. They had wagon rides, a petting zoo, an equestrian show, pony rides, students walking around with animals – a parrot, a python snake were two we saw, as well as food – including farmers market fresh strawberries, which we gobbled up, and a special surprise – a guest found a baby opossum.

Mishy feeding the Momma goat.

Mishy gathering hay to feed the wild burros.

Pierce College recently brought the wild burros from Nevada to protect the goats and cows from coyotes. Coyotes are scared of them.

Cows grazing.

They do sell the cows for beef to raise funds for their school. This Farm Walk is one of their many fundraisers they have throughout the year. Just to cover the cost of feed, they need to raise over $50, 000. Due to budget cuts, they have been forced to close down and lessen some of their stock of animals. They currently only have one pig because it was too costly for them. They did recently open up a chicken coop.

A tractor.

Wild sheep.

The animals are able to graze on much of their 235 acre property and the students are continuously planting seeds to grow into grass so they don’t just depend on hay as their primary source of food for the animals. The animal college would like to become as self-sufficient as possible.

Taking a rest.

Walking through the fields.

On the wagon ride.

Touching the Do Not Touch pretend horse.

Finding a baby opossum

Mishy petting the baby opossum

Playing with the hoola hoop set for a pretend horses and children to jump through.

Farm folk, fire fighters and the Forestry Division of the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the group, California Woman for Agriculture and Agriculture in the Classroom were also on hand to answer any questions.

Details:

Pierce College

http://www.piercecollege.edu/

First Dentist Appointment

April 17, 2011

Getting her teeth cleaned.

Last Monday, Mishy had her first dentist appointment. She looked forward to it because a friend, Clara, had recommended her dentist, Dr. William Pratt in Santa  Monica, who is known for being gentle and personally cleans his client’s teeth.

Swishing the water in her mouth to spit.

We brush her teeth twice a day and sometimes even more. It is a game to brush Mishy’s teeth. She likes to eat the toothpaste. We use Weleda children’s toothpaste and  Kids Spry Tooth Gel, because they both don’t contain any harmful chemicals and are safe, if eaten. At the appointment, my husband asked Dr. Pratt if she needed flouridated toothpaste. A dentist he had met at a drugstore said our daughter did. Dr. Pratt said children get plenty of flouride in the foods they eat and it is unnecessary to give them toothpaste with flouride in them.

Getting ready to have her teeth flossed.

Her teeth after her first professional cleaning and flossing.

Details:
Dr. William Pratt
http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-william-pratt-dds-a84b0ca6.cfm
Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel
http://www.vitacost.com/Weleda-Childrens-Tooth-Gel-1-78-oz
Spry Kids Tooth Gel
http://www.xlear.com/spry.aspx
(Full disclosure: I do not benefit in any way by offering the links.)