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What better captures Springtime than images of fluffy, white bunnies, fuzzy, yellow chicks or a lamb first finding his legs?  Children love these baby farm animals, which call to the hearts of all young and old.  Whether your family connects with Spring's babies through visiting local farms, crafts, and books, opportunities abound for welcoming the coming tender season.

Farm Visits

What better way to see baby farm animals than at the farm?  Sonoma County is home to hundreds of local farms who welcome you and your family to visit.   Singing Frogs Farm, run by a young Sebastopol-based family, raises chickens and sheep and is home to the famous Charlie the Llama.  

Join Singing Frogs - a certified "Bee Friendly" and "Beyond Organic" farm - this Sunday, March 7th or Saturday, March 13th from 10 am until noon for a fun, informational and very inspiring Tour of Singing Frogs Farm! The tour is free for 2010 CSA (farm share) members and $5 for community members.  Sign up for your family's farm share and your tour fee goes toward your CSA membership. Call 829-1389 for more information.

Sonoma County Farm Trails welcomes you and your family for a special farm tour event "Blossoms, Bees, and Barnyard Babies" on April 18th from 11-5.   Your ticket purchase earns you a behind the scenes tours of local farms and artisan food production as well as tasting and on the farm experience for you and your family. 

Parents can experience Summerfield Waldorf School's bio-dynamic farm in high style at the upcoming Farm to Feast event - check the school's website for "Day on the Farm" events designed to engage small children. 

Love Farms in Healdsburg (1069 Grove Street - call ahead to arrange a visit at (707) 473-0943) sells Ostrich eggs in the Spring.  You can buy an Ostrich egg today for just $20 at Love's soup shop in Downtown Healdsburg at 126 North Street ((707) 433-6274).  Some families gold leaf these giant eggs and hide them as the most treasured find in family egg hunts!

Crafts

Wool Eggs and Sheep (Needle Felt).  Join Monica Ashley at Cast Away  for fun Spring crafts!  Create wool eggs or little lambs during two needle felting workshops:



  • Felted Nest Workshop: Beginners felting class for just $15.  Saturday, March 13, 2010; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  

  • Needle Felted Lamb:  All supplies included for just $25.  Thursday, March 18, 2010; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Call Cast Away at (707) 546-9276 to reserve your space today! 

Sweater Bunnies. Learn to make a "bunny softie"  through this Craftzine.com "how-to" or check out Sono-Ma's 2009 Oester post for a simpler sweater bunny pattern and picture.

Pom-pom chicks. Check out Martha Stewart's Daffodils and Pom-pom Chicks!


Favorite Spring Books and Stories



Bunny Books. I am a Bunny, Peter Rabbit, So Many Bunnies, and Guess How Much I Love You or Charlotte's Web for the older or more patient child. Monica Ashley also suggests the Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes.

Farm Animal Books. Farm Animals and How Big is a Pig?

Season Books.  Elsa Beskow's Around the Year and
Children of the Forest.



Happy Spring!

1 comments

  1. Sara R. // March 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

    Hello-
    There is a FANTASTIC farm in Windsor on the west side of Shiloh road that has emus, Brahmas, and geese. You can stop at the side of the road and sometimes there are bagels that people leave that you and your kids can feed the animals. Farmer Vic, is the owner and is such a nice man and will chat with you if he's there. I've taken my friends there and it's a fun experience. I usually bring cheap french bread from the store to take with me. It's a nice stop and it's free! Bring hand wipes for after!

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