As some of you know, we lost our new teacher, Terry, to a full-time opportunity with benefits at a park in Windsor. She will be the environmental educator there with the possibility of becoming park ranger, and we wish her all the best in her new endeavor. Right as we were learning about Terry's departure, Grace Pennington walked into our woods and never looked back. Until just recently, Grace was the farm manager at TrueLove Farm right here in Morris. Grace lives adjacent to TrueLove and since November 1st has been bringing her enthusiasm and knowledge of farming, animal husbandry, fiber arts, and geology to our students as well as sharing her own farm with us. She has quite an assortment of livestock, poultry, and vegetables. As the mother of three boys, aged 8, 10, and 12, she is up for any challenge.
On Grace's first day of teaching, all of the children were sick except for our lover of all animals, Kunsang, who lucked out and got a tour of Grace's farm to himself. For lunch they fried up some bacon and goose eggs then made suet blocks from the grease for our chickens.
The following week she took Silas and Kunsang on an adventure to Mine Hill in Roxbury for a geology lesson and some rock collecting.
Her third Tuesday was pouring rain, so they all made rain gauges and set them out around the property. There was also a semi-successful attempt to pop corn on the pellet stove, drawing practice, and game playing. Welcome, Grace!