Downtown Easton was a busy place on Sunday, July 11, which marked Easton Heritage Day, an annual event that commemorates the historic 3rd public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the town’s “Great Square” on July 8, 1776. A seemingly endless supply of food and entertainment, a re-reading of the Declaration and an evening fireworks display were just part of the festivities, as residents braved the sweltering sun to celebrate the momentous occasion.
The event also offered businesses and non-profit organizations from the Lehigh Valley and beyond an opportunity to show off their wares. Flint Hill Farm Educational Center was among those on hand, setting up shop Sunday morning in the “Agricultural Colony,” a block-or-so long area designated for area farms to share information as well as their products.
A group of volunteers from the farm – Farah, Mike, Cory and me (Mark) – made the trip from Center Valley to Easton, loading up two vehicles with brochures and packets of information, samples of Flint Hill’s fresh cheese, eggs, complimentary pens and more, in an effort to spread the word about the farm to hundreds of Easton-area residents.
We left after a long day feeling like we were successful; distributing plenty of information and talking to the many visitors to our table about some of the exciting things Flint Hill Farm is up to.
In the end, though, the impact of our efforts paled in comparison to that of our “other” volunteers. Yes, the four-month old goats we brought along were the real stars of the show. Countless children – and a few grown-ups – were delighted to pet our additional helpers, give them a bite to eat and learn more about these Flint Hill residents. (Special thanks to Cory, who served as our go-to goat expert for the day!)
And another special thank you to Megan McBride and Easton Farmers’ Market for extending an Easton Heritage Day invitation to Flint Hill, and allowing us the chance to share in this incredible community event. We hope to see everyone there next year!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Hi my name is Lisa, I am from Good Shepherd. I have been to Flint Hill Farms twice. The first time I was there, I met Alfie the pig. I got to pet him and he even nibbled my fingers. The second time I visited I played with Mayor the cat while I helped weed the Memorial flower garden. It was hard work. I did not like the thistle. It was hard to pull from the ground and it was covered in pickers, they hurt! The next time I visit the farm I would like to clean the eggs and meet more animals. I love all animals and I really like your farm!
My name is Annie Dougal and I have been going to Flint Hill Farms for about a month now and it is very interesting and fun to work on the farm. I have held annimals I have never heald before and washed eggs. The owner and volunteers of the farm are very nice and helpful. They have no problem answering any questions we have. They are very friendly. The owner is also looking into modifying the farm to make it wheelchair accessible. They also have cats and dogs. The owner also lives on the farm grounds.
My name is Frank and I live at Good Shepherd Home Bethlehem. I have been going to the farm once a week with a group from Good Shepherd. The first week we held baby goats and baby chickens. I enjoyed holding the animals and it made me feel proud to be able to hold them. Last week I helped pull weeds in the flower garden and then we fed them to the goats. I like going every week and learning things about the animals and farm. I like the staff very much. I am excited to plant stuff in the greenhouse.
We just finished our first week of horse camp for this summer, and it was fantastic! Campers learned how to lead, groom, and ride the horses. Each morning they practiced their new skills with their counselor, Kim, and their mentors, Kayla, Lauren, Corrine, and Cory. In the afternoons, they did crafts, flavored their own cheese, went on scavenger hunts, learned about farm life, and rode a draft horse bareback!
On Friday, campers had a horseshow to showcase their new horsemanship skills for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and spectators. They demonstrated their confidence and control when dealing with their horses and did a truly fantastic job. Congratulations to all Campers on a job well done!