Something special happens when you take a suburban boy and plop him in the middle of a farm. In the blink of an eye they “get their boy on.” Their concerns of school work, sports, and hurrying to their next activity are quickly replaced with lungs full of fresh air, acres of field to get dirty and explore, and animals to bond with. As was the case when a small busload of boys from Landon School arrived at Pinky Swear Farm this morning.
As part of Landon’s annual minimester program where boys have an opportunity explore activities outside of the regular classroom curriculum, a group of students, including my son, Jack, spent three days learning about sustainable living. Part of the minimester included a day at the farm. The boys planted trees, hung Bluebird houses, fed the animals and cleaned the stalls, and explored the forest and stream. They arrived with apprehension and left with smiles, dirty clothes and good memories.
It can be a little uncomfortable trying something new. But the boys showed up with a great attitude and a willingness to learn. Their reward was a new appreciation for farming and great memories. I love my little farm and was thrilled to watch these boys take another step closer to becoming real men.