BY BRIAN HANCOCK EDITOR@FRANKLINFAVORITE.COM
It was a day out of the office, so to say, for several kids at the Boys amp; Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson.
Monday, they got out of the club and visited Wild Winds Farm here in Franklin. Owned by Roger and Rhonda Barton, the farm lies northeast of Franklin and offers chickens and Muscovy ducks along with their prospective eggs to the public.
Two-legged creatures weren't the only animals kids at the club got to interact with, though. The Bartons' five-acre farm also has several different horses, cows, and even a donkey.
Club kids got to rub them between their ears and learn a little bit about each of the animals as well. Linda Larson, a friend of Barton's and an affiliate of the American Camp Association, explained to the group that she has to trim horses' hooves periodically, or else they'll lose their balance.
A horse's brain is about the size of a tennis ball, added Larson, and you can always tell if a horse likes you if their ears are pointed towards you.
The kids were also taught about the differences between omnivores and herbivores, and how the two kinds of animals have different kinds of teeth and jaw structure. They got to touch the skins of animals such as raccoons and groundhogs as well.
"I think they really enjoyed it," said Barton. "I know I did. The kids were inquisitive and asked a whole bunch of questions. They answered all of ours, and were bright, eager and happy to learn."
Wild Winds Farm also partnered with SKYCTC on the day, which brought a drone out for the kids to observe. Lance Lockhard, the agriculture specialist in Butler County for SKYCTC, flew the drone high above the farm's rolling hills for all of the kids present.
"I really liked the drone and the horses," said Teresa Miskic. When she tried a homegrown tomato offered by Barton, though, she was speechless.
Barton, who works at SKYCTC as an administrative assistant, plans to bring more kids out to her farm in the future. The college holds Career Craze Camps' during the summer, and an agricultural edition of the camp will be held next year. Middle school students will be invited out to her farm for a day camp over the course of four consecutive days. If interested in any of the Career Craze Camps, contact SKYCTC at 270-901-1000.