Our Mission is Education for All Ages
For Kids to Learn At Home
Did you know some farmers raise animals for their hair? I bet you did. Because you must know wool comes from a sheep.
How about a Rabbit?
Meet the Angora, one fluffy bunny. It’s fur when used as fiber is referred to as angora.
Watch the rabbit's fur be combed and spun!!
How about a Llama?
Meet the Alpaca Lamar. Their fur, when used as fiber is called “wool,” and can be made into fibers that can be made into things to wear.
How about a Goat?
This goat looks like a sheep! What is a goat doing in sheep’s clothing? Well he or she is a goat that’s fur is also used as fiber. This goat is called an “Angora Goat.” What other animal shares the same name, “Angora” and has fur used as fiber too? This Angora Goat, it’s fiber is called “mohair,” instead of “Angora.”
And another goat, who is world famous for the softest fur, is the Cashmere goat. Its fur when used as fiber is called “Cashmere,” and is very expensive to buy as material, and clothing made with cashmere is also very expensive. Does he remind you more of a sheep or a goat?
Rainy Day Activities: Indoors
Here are some craft ideas to keep you busy creating indoors on a rainy day, and your hands warm:
Turn wool into felted shapes with cookie cutters.
Turn wool into a painting.
Make a felted soap pouch.
Rainy Day Activities: Outdoors
And for when you go outside:
Paint a painting and leave it outside.
Water Play, Mud Painting and more.
Recipes in Season
Still have those winter squash in storage, put them to good use. here is some inspiration.
Food of Love Program
Check out the teen cooking program,"Food of Love" recently featured in the St. Helena Star .
Here's a sample of the Educational Programs completed at the market or in the classroom in 2013 and conducted by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator:
- "Apples at School": Amanda visted The Young School to conduct a program celebrating apples! Students listened to a story that captured their imagination, tasted apples and then made Apple Paninis! Here's the recipe from one of the students.
- "Colorful Choices": St. Helena Elementary Students shopped for color at the market and then met up with Amanda for a lesson on nutrition.
- "Seed Art": Stephanie Zuntz, Art through Earth Sciences Teacher and Amanda led students from the Pathways Charter School to make homemade plant-able cards (tomato, eggplant and carrot), embedded with seeds, and made Seed Art Trees with naturally colored pumpkin seeds.
- "Corn Amazement": A program celebrating the corn season and the science and beauty of corn," led by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator. Here is a photo of the "Corn Blessing Circle," made with corn and corn flowers.
- Pizza Wheel Garden Program: Kids had a pizza veggie snack inspired by the book, "Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots" and a "Pizza Wheel Garden" at the Community Garden where Amanda lives.
- Market Classroom: Chef André Cardé, St. Helena's Boys & Girls Club led his students and market goers in a fun "Kid's Cooking Activity".
- Market Classroom - "Veggie Color Wheel":Kids from St. Helena's Discoveryland's "Summer Program" joined Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom to learn about healthy shopping and eating by choosing a rainbow of fruits and veggies.
- Market Classroom - "The Life of a Bee": Primary School and Catholic School students joined Meadowmont Farms' Beekeeper, Jim Foster for a lecture on the fascinating life in a beehive.
- Market Classroom - "Chick Chick": Primary School classrooms joined Nutritionist and Chef, Kay Wilson, and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom. Kids met Kay's chicken, "Chick-Chick," and learned about her life amongst her flock of Bantam Cochin hens.
And in favorite things, we have listed:
- some of our Favorite Cookbooks from local Chefs/Food Writers recently featured in the market's Book-Signing Program,
- Websites that will give you food for thought!
- and for the "Movie Buffs", take a trip down memory lane and watch one of the great movies shown at past market "Movie Fundraisers".