Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Future Farmers Grant


Our mission is to provide an ideal country learning environment where people of all ages can interact and learn about farm animals through "hands-on" guided tours.

Here at Mulberry Lane Farm we take this mission very seriously. We are thrilled when our guest share how overwhelmed they are by their visit. Unfortunately, with the current economic climate and school budget cuts, we have found some students unable to experience this same joy and excitement.

We believe every student, no matter their family's financial situation, deserves the opportunity to participate in a Mulberry Lane Farm field trip. Therefore, we have begun a new program called the “Future Farmers Grant.” We invite you to join our team by contributing to the grant program.

How does the "Future Farmers Grant" work?

  1. Fill out a pledge card
  2. Fill out top portion of "Distribution Form"
  3. Based upon your pledge, MLF will forward you the completed distribution form with the name(s) of the teachers and schools who have requested a grant.
  4. Write your tax deductible check directly to the school(s).
  5. If you’d like, many of our contributors visit the farm the day the students come on their field trip. See first hand the excitement and joy on the students’ face when they get a chance to:

- Milk a Cow

- Ride a Pony

- Catch a Chicken

- Kiss a Pig

- Cuddle a Kitten

- Enjoy a Hayride

- Receive a FREE Souvenir or Pumpkin

- and MORE!

We have learned that no matter the age or the background there is something about a farm that brings out the joy and worth in others.

Call or email us today to receive your pledge card and distribution form at 920-989-3130 or mulberrylanefarm@yahoo.com

The Story of Sis

"You'd never know it by looking at me that I just had a kitten, would you?"
Sis questioned.

Farmer Bonnie explained, "I hate to tell you Sis, but you had more than 1 kitten!"

"Well, yes, maybe 2 or 3. It's hard to tell. It just looks like a pile of fur!" Sis sighed.

Helpful Farmer Bonnie said, "Here, let me help you count. I'll spread them out a little more. That should help."

"There, that helps...I think I count NINE!"
exclaimed Farmer Bonnie

You GOT to be Kidding!
"Yup, nine!" Assured Farmer Bonnie
"Count them."

"Oh my, oh my...what am I going to do with NINE kittens?" Cried Sis


Monday, August 9, 2010

Ahhh...Cool at Last

Remember sweetheart...not having sweat glands the only way I can stay cool is to wallow in mud!
Try it...you'll like it! (P.S. Don't tell your Mom I told you!!)

Lucy's Daily Stroll

(Double click on photos to enlarge to see horses in the background.)

Each day while Lucy's pen is being cleaned we allow her to "free range" to get her exercise.
I think Chilli (colt) was questioning his mom, Winter (mare) if he was seeing things.
Winter felt she needed to get a closer look. Sure enough...Lucy! Out for her daily stroll.You can tell by her teats that she has some hungry little piglets waiting for her return. In fact, 11 little piggies waiting at home. BUT, like most Moms, there are just those days when you need a little "ME" time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

This is a Fox Cities Viewpoint

Thursday 8/5/10 Mulberry Lane Farm has the privilege of sharing our "viewpoint" on the radio!

It was a really cool experience going into the studio for the taping of my "view." With all the awesome technology we were able to do it in 1-1/2 takes. They can cut, splice, delete...gee I should have asked them to make me sound like Marilyn Monroe while they were at it. :)

For those who can't tune in to WHBY 1150 (AM station) at 7:15 AM, 12:15 PM and again between 5:15 and 6 PM, I thought I'd share my script.

I challenge you...Do you think you could live a day without agriculture?

Defining agriculture as "the production of food and goods through farming 'ag' products touch our lives...from your wooden bed frame, cotton sheets, goose down pillow,
woolen blanket...and you aren't even out of bed yet!

Try having an ag free breakfast! No eggs, bacon, toast, milk, juice, cereal...difficult, isn't it!

We are indebted to our farmers. Where would we be without them?

According to the Census of Agriculture,
"A long term trend observed is the aging of farm operators...the fastest growing group is those 65 years and older."

Who will replace our aging farmers before the family farm is extinct?

Educating our children, instilling a love of farm animals and land is imperative.

Hands-on learning is the best way to learn about farming.

So I give you one last challenge...
  • visit a petting farm
  • the county fair
  • or farm progress days with your children. There are countless farm education opportunities.
Who knows, you may have a future farmer in the family!

This is Bonnie Keyes, Mulberry Lane Petting Farm and This is a Fox Cities View Point.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Doe had Kittens!

No we don't have a deer at the farm that gave birth to kittens. We have a female rabbit (Doe) who had bunnies (called kits or kittens). The male is a buck. Kind of confusing if you ask me.

Our Doe gave us a sure sign that she was about to deliver by pulling the hair from under her chin to line the nest. This is to keep her kits warm until their own hair grows long. You can see one buried in the hair if you look close. We still don't know how many she's had! Shhh...we don't want to disturb them.

White Peahen has Five!

The White Peahen and/or Peacock are frequently mistaken for an albino, but it is a color variety of Indian Blue Peacock. Its white color makes it look really magnificent and elegant.

Our white peahen had 5 peachicks. She mated with an Indian Blue Peacock so we are anxiously waiting to see their color as they get older. They could turn out to be a combination white and blue!