What's Happening at Bless this Mess With Important Dates to Remember!

March 15, 2019

Spring weather is finally starting to show and I'm so excited! I felt this winter just drug on and on, I had  bad case of the winter blues this year, blech! Kidding season is in full swing and we've been blessed with healthy kids and easy deliveries. 

 

We've been working on our Spring through Fall schedules to bring some fun and educational farm experiences for all ages.

 

Field Trips for schools/ groups

 

HANDS ON EDUCATIONAL FUN TOUR 2.5HR

 

Here is a list of what we have to offer when you visit:
• learning "what is a homestead" and how it’s different and yet the same as a farm
• see and walk our grounds
• meet and pet our livestock
• learn about our livestock (species, purpose, names of male and female)
• see our gardens and small orchard
• learn about what we grow
• Learn how to hand-milk a dairy goat with hands on experience (this is limited to a few with 2hr tour)
• Bottle Feed a baby goat (April-June)
• Spring Fever Babies (April & May)
• Start a Seed to take home (April-June)
• Harvest some fruits or veggies (June-October)
• Make homemade apple sauce (September-October)
• You can request to make homemade butter for an extra $1 charge per person
• Games and Activities to reinforce what we have discussed
• All discussions are geared towards to age/level of the participants

 

$5 a person. Groups of 12 or more get a discounted rate of $3 a person. We can accommodate up to 25 participants at a time (chaperones do not count in this number)

 

 

BLESS THIS DAY FUN TOUR (5HRS)

 

Here is a list of what we have to offer when you visit:
• learning "what is a homestead" and how it’s different and yet the same as a farm
• see and walk our grounds
• meet and pet our livestock
• learn about our livestock (species, purpose, names of male and female)
• see our gardens and small orchard
• learn about what we grow
• Learn how to hand-milk a dairy goat with hands on experience (this is limited to a few with 2hr tour)
• Bottle Feed a baby goat (April-June)
• Spring Fever Babies (April & May)
• Start a Seed to take home (April-June)
• Harvest some fruits or veggies (June-October)
• Make homemade apple sauce (September-October)
• You can request to make homemade butter for an extra $1 charge per person
• Games and Activities to reinforce what we have discussed
• All discussions are geared towards to age/level of the participants
• More in depth learning on plants and livestock

• Hands on Learning Activities
• Learning about Compost
• Scavenger Hunt
• Small Group Stations
• Preform some chores (feeding animals, pulling weeds, grooming animals or age appropriate task)

 

Each child will need to bring a packed lunch for All Day Visit as well

We can tailor the visit to meet your classroom needs as well! Let us know what your goal to learn is!

 


Here's a link for more information on visiting Bless this Mess

 

Homesteading Camps

 Homesteaders Adventure (6-14 years old) Camp:

This camp will be 5 days long Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-2pm. This will  be a hands on learning adventure! Each day has a theme and all activities and discussions go along with that theme. Children will learn and be responsible for animal chores each morning which includes: milking the dairy goats, collecting eggs, feeding and watering animals, brushing, and cleaning of their area. They will learn about gardening, harvesting and processing as well as how to pull weeds. Some Vintage skills will be taught like learning to sew and candle dipping (if there's enough time).  The last day will be preparing for our Farm-to-Table Lunch.  This day the children will prepare a lunch from scratch and from the gardens for their family. Families are invited to come eat the lunch that has been prepared then participate in some "Barnyard Olympic Games" with your child. Then your child has the opportunity to give you a tour of the Homestead. Each day the kids will be making homemade items from butter to a apron as well as having informative sheets going home with them. Below is a tentative schedule of what the week will look like:
 
Day 1- Livestock
9-10am- meet & greet with a morning activity, go over rules and expectations and barnyard yoga
10-10:30am- meet the animals
10:30-12:00pm- Animal Chores
12-12:30pm- Lunch in the Woods (packed lunches brought from home)
12:30-1pm- Make Butter
1-2pm- Team Building activities
2-2:45pm- discussion/ craft on raising livestock
2:45-3pm- clean up and dismissal
 
Day 2- Gardening
9-9:30am- morning activity and barnyard yoga
9:30-11am- Animal Chores
11-12:30pm- learning about gardening, planting varies seeds and pulling weeds
12:30-1pm- Lunch in the woods ( packed lunch brought from home)
1-2pm Team building games
2-2:45pm- discussion/craft on gardening
2:45-3pm- clean up and dismissal
 
Day 3- Harvesting
9-9:30am- morning activity and barnyard yoga
9:30-11am- Animal Chores
11-12:30pm- Harvesting and processing from the garden
12:30-1pm- Lunch in the woods (packed lunch sent from home)
1-2pm- Team building games
2-2:45pm- discussion/craft on harvesting and processing
2:45-3pm- clean up and dismissal
 
Day 4- Vintage Skills
9-9:30am- morning activity and barnyard yoga
9:30-11am- Animal Chores
11-12:30pm- learn to hand sew (Apron)
12:30-1pm- Lunch in the woods (packed lunch sent from home)
1-2pm- Team building games
2-2:45pm- discussion/craft on Vintage Skills
2:45-3pm- clean up and dismissal
 
Day 5- Farm to Table
9-9:30am- morning activity and barnyard yoga
9:30-10:30am- Animal Chores
10:30-12:30 preparing for our Farm to Table Lunch
12:30-1:15-Lunch with our families
1:15-1:45- Barnyard Olympics with families
1:45-2:00- Take families on a tour
 
Homesteader's Adventure Camp $100 per child plus a $25 deposit for the week camp.

Parents are welcome to join in at any point.

Homesteader's Adventure ages 6-14 July 22rd-26th 2019

We will take 24 children for this camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Sprouts Preschool Camp ages 3-5 years old

2 days Tuesday and Thursday both from 9am-1pm

 

Activities included:


Day 1- Loveable Animals
Play with the goats and try to milk a goat
Collect eggs and learn to clean them

Make Butter

Fun games and crafts

Discussion on livestock

Story time

 

Day 2: How to Plants Grow
Harvest and process green beans

make a planter to take home

Plant seeds

Pull weeds
Fun games and crafts
Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

Little Sprouts Preschool Camp is Tuesday June 25th and Thursday June 27th from 9am-1pm

** Parent or adult caregiver is required to stay**
Cost is $40 plus a $10 deposit per child.

We will take 15 kids for this camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Events

Goat Cuddling Day

What's better than snuggling and cuddling new babies? How about if the babies are GOATS! Come on out to Bless this Mess Homestead for a farm tour, sample some products made from Goats Milk and of course bottle feed and cuddle some baby goats!

This event is limited on participants and time.
For our animals safety, tickets must be bought in advance.
On April 13th there will be 4 set session times that can be chose from and each last 1 hour.

10am-11am
12pm-1pm
2pm-3pm
4pm-5pm

Each session can have up to 15 participants. 3 and under do not count in the number.

$5 per person, 3 and under are free.

 

 

Goat Yoga at Camp Clay

April 27th from 5-6 and 6-7

This event is a fundraiser for Van Wert YMCA's Child Watch Program

more information will be available soon.

 

 

and more to come!
 

 

As always have a BLESSED day

 

                  Danielle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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