Posts Tagged ‘educational’
This Mama goose has been patiently waiting on this clutch of eggs for days now. Geese are VERY protective of their eggs and will certainly hiss and bite you if you get too close! So … we will keep our distance and patiently wait for goslings. Hopefully we have a photo of that soon.
Isn’t it amazing how well she blends in with her surroundings? Nature is amazing!
We will be hosting the 7th annual Firefighters Muster at May Farms on JULY 13th!
The Muster will begin at 9 am, with a captains meeting at 8:00 am. If your department is interested in participating please contact the office at 303.822.5800 for a registration form.
The first Firefighters’ Muster was held on July 4, 1849 in Bath, Maine. Five teams, using hand drawn pumpers, competed to see which team could shoot a stream of water the longest distance. During the second half of the 19th century firefighers’ musters grew. Modern musters are very different from those early events. Today they are more complex, with serious competition among fire companies and individuals. The goal is to perform the challenge task perfectly, and according to strict rules, and in the fastest time.
As the first frost of the season always seems to come too early for our pumpkin patch we planned ahead this year! We covered many of our pumpkins with “hay blankets” to protect them from the cold. As a result we’ve got several still available and just in time for Halloween! This little guy found his perfect pumpkin and we hope you bring your family out to find yours too! We expect beautiful weather this weekend. See you in the patch!
MUSTANG CAR SHOW IS CANCELED!! THE RECENT SNOW HAS FORCED US TO CANCEL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. OTHER FALL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES SHOULD GO ON AS PLANNED – PLEASE KEEP CHECKING FOR UPDATES.
This Car Show is held in conjunction with our Fall Festival and free to attend!
We usually have several classic Mustangs at our car show. Be sure to come on out and enjoy these beauties on one of the last nice weekends of the season.
Our barn yard is a special place at May Farms. Our animals love visitors and each season brings new life and experiences to the “family”. Please take time to get to know our furry and feathered friends on your next visit to May Farms!
Yamagata Prefectural College of Ag (sister school to Morgan Community College) visited several
different Colorado farms one of which was May Farms for a lesson in wheat
farming. This is the closest to rice cultivation. They group of 34
students were able to get up close to John Deere equipment (displays
provided by Colorado Equipment) like combines and large tractors.
On a day like today when nothing sounds better than a dip in the pond it only seemed fitting to visit the ducks and geese. As we head over to the pond we spot an egg a duck dropped on their way to the water. The ducks and geese make their way to the edge to greet us from the far side of the pond. The geese make a loud “HONK HONK” noise and the ducks a more reserved “meck meck meck” as if to express their excitement with visitors. “Come in! Sit down! Can we get you some… water?” Or maybe it’s more of a demanding “THROW US SOME BREAD LADY!” We throw in pieces of bread crumbs … The larger geese make it known that they are first to the rations while the ducks just hope something is thrown in their vicinity so they can avoid being “nipped” by George or Gracie – the two large Geese. We throw pieces toward the back so the less aggressive get a few bites too. Even a few fish skim the surface to snag a nibble.
Today we are planting our pumpkin patch! This is a very exciting time of year for us as we get to see the farm transform from brown open space to lush fields of green. It all begins with Grant May behind the wheel of an old John Deere tractor, plowing the way for a tiny seed . You’ll see in these pictures a larger tractor with bins which contain the seed, dropping them in to the ground in nice straight lines 4 rows at a time. Our first year we planted our pumpkin seeds by hand… We will continue to update you on the growth of the pumpkins so you can see the patch grow. These pumpkins should be ready 100 days from now.
We are planting 10 varieties of pumpkins including:
Magic Lantern, Aladdin, Wee -B- Little, Big Doris, Atlantic Giant, Polar Bear, Jack-O-Lantern, Red Warty Things, Magic Wand and Candy Corn. The Candy corn pumpkins will be used for our pumpkin launcher this fall!
Did you know we have a barnyard you can visit when you come to May Farms? Goats, Donkeys, Sheep, Cats and….We have 16 chickens in our coop! We call them “the girls” as we have no roosters and they cluck around like a bunch of teenage girls with something to say! They range in breed from Americaunas, Rhode Island Reds and Leg Horns. They lay about 8-10 fresh eggs a day and primarily in the afternoons.
The coop is in the process of getting a facelift with new paint and a spring clean! We have to make sure to keep things secure around the coop because often we see the tracks of those looking for chicken dinner or even their eggs, like fox, raccoon or coyote.
Next week we will be sure to show you the updated pictures of the coop!
Mark your calendar! Looking for a family event near Denver? Get the kids outside and enjoy a day at the farm! The 3rd Annual High Plains R/C Pulling Championships are coming once again to May Farms!
June 9th 2012
11 am – …
An exciting day watching these little Radio Controlled cars pull to victory! Most of the participants are part of the 5280 Pulling Club or Southwestern R/C Truck & Tractor Pulling Association. Please call 303.822.5800 for more information on the days activities or visit 5280 Pulling Club’s website for more information about the pull.
It’s springtime at May Farms! See this little guy lose a few pounds after a long winter of growing wool. Shearing a sheep in the springtime helps him stay cool through the summer and his wool can be used for clothing and blankets. He seems pretty relaxed while getting it shaved off – I bet it feels good!
Make sure to contact us about other opportunities for you or your family to come out and learn more about country living and life on the farm. It’s always educational and we’d love to have you visit!
We are now booking Spring field trips! Click Here to book yours, and obtain more information! We would love to have your classroom visit our family run farm. We offer a unique farm experience for inquiring minds; including farm animals, tractor rides, and seasonal crops!