A farm visitor’s reflection
My five favorite things to do on Bertrand farm. By Shayna Ellis (long time Farm Camper)
1. Doing animal chores
I like doing animal chores, because it makes me feel like I am a real farmer and I also like it, because it’s fun to do. Doing animal chores means I’m helping to keep alive a part of the farm.
2. Making zucchini bread
I love making zucchini bread, because it is so fun. Baking is not my specialty and making zucchini bread is super fun and easy. I’ve made zucchini bread so many times and it never gets old. From baking to eating, the whole thing is always fun and delicious!
3. Planting, weeding and harvesting
Planting: Planting is fun, because when you plant something at home or the farm, it’s always cool to see what it looks like when you plant it and when it is fully grown.
Weeding: Weeding has never, ever, ever been my favorite thing to do, but after all is done I am very pleased with myself to see what I accomplished.
Harvesting: Harvesting is probably my favorite of the three. It is, because even if you didn’t plant it, it is still fun to compare it to what it was when it started. It is awesome to eat what ever you harvest.
4. The farmers, interns, counselors
Farmers, interns and counselors on Bertrand farm are probably some of the nicest people I have ever met. I am so happy these are the people I get to interact with when I come to camp. I have known Ms. Terri since I was three years old and boy am I glad. She has made me feel welcome for seven years and I am very thankful for that.
5. Getting the eggs from the hens
Getting the eggs from the hens is not my favorite job, but at the same time it is also my favorite job. I like it, because I have some very interesting experiences with my best friend, Ellie. Sometimes we laugh so hard that we fall into chicken poop. Sometimes we get so scared we can’t finish the job, because a chicken is glaring, pecking, and cock-a-doodle-doo at us. But every time we ALWAYS end up laughing our heads off.
Overall, everyone is so nice, the animals are so sweet and cute (especially the cats), and Bertrand is always one of the highlights of my summer. I am so glad that everything here is the way it is, because I would not be the person I am today if it were not for Bertrand farm.