Hi Peppers! Today was our fish and sheep day! We finished up in the morning learning about our animal friends on land. In the afternoon, we had casting practice for fishing tomorrow.
Today we learned about and rode horses. We groomed the horses with the different types of brushes. We used rubber curry combs, which are like a massage for the horse and loosen dirt and debris for other brushes. After we loosen the dirt and debris, then you use a stiff brush to remove the most fine dust from the horse’s coat. Horses are measured in hands, which equals to be about 4 inches. Missy the horse is about 15 hands!
Mr. Alan showed us how to use the hoof pick. We saw the middle of the foot, which is called the frog. Horses have to wear shoes, just like we do. The farrier or blacksmith puts the shoes on the horses. The shoes are specially made for each horse and after the hoof is trimmed can sometimes be reused, if they aren’t too worn. The shoe is put on by putting nails through the insensitive hoof so this doesn’t hurt the horse. Another way to apply horseshoes is to glue them.
Each pepper got a chance to ride Missy, the horse, and had so much fun! Look for all of the photos at the end of camp, here.
We made stir fry in garden kitchen to see how vegetables would taste raw vs. cooked. We used peppers, carrots, tomatoes, kale or cabbage and ate them with rice.
During our casting practice, we identified parts of the fishing pole like the reel and the bobber. We talked about how you will see the bobber move when you have a fish and when to reel it in to make sure you catch the fish. Each pepper got the chance to cast off the top of the hill to prepare to cast into the pond for tomorrow.
We learned about sheep’s fiber and the process it goes through to become yarn. It starts as raw fiber and is covered with lanolin. Lanolin is a protective coating for the wool that guards against bugs when they are in the field. When it is carded, the fibers get pulled to go in all one direction. It is washed then made into roving, which is a rope-like strand of the fibers that is easily broken apart. Once is it at this step it can be made into yarn or felted. It is made into yarn when it is tightly twisted and pulled. This can be done with a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. When you are felting, you dip the roving into soapy water then agitate the fibers until they are unable to be pulled apart.
Since it was sheep day, we made “shepherd’s pie” using kale, onions, and silken tofu. Each group made the pie crust using flour, butter, and water then added their pie to cook.They chopped up their garden veggies and used them in their pie. These types of pies were first introduced as being so easy to make with different layers for a hearty meal.
Tomorrow is our water day so bring your swimsuit and an extra change of clothes! Skits will start at 3 pm. We will have songs and short skits that the kids came up with throughout the week.
Garden Kitchen Recipes
“Shepherd” pie: a kale-and-onion pie with silken tofu
1 pie crust
1 bunch kale
1 package silken tofu (1 lb)
Preheat oven to 375. Wash kale and take leaves off the stem. Dice onion. Mix these ingredients with kale then pour into pie crust. Check after about 10 minutes. When done it will be slightly crispy on top.