Almost from the beginning of our discussions about starting Hill Family Farm, Lynn and I talked about how neat it would be having kids and families out to visit the farm. Now a days too many kids (and adults) have no real idea where their food actually comes from.
Have to admit, up until a few years ago I didn’t give it much thought either. That changed when we got our first chickens a little over two years ago. I think most folks thought we were a little crazy to have chickens in the suburbs, but more often than not, they would be curious and start asking questions.
The question we heard the most was “do you have to have a rooster to get eggs?”. Of course the short answer is no, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t know that. I think one reason for this lack of biological knowledge is most of us are a couple generations removed from the farm.
Our parents and/or grandparents know the answer to this because they probably spent time around a farm growing up. Kids today don’t get that opportunity. Hamburgers come from McDonald’s and eggs come from Kroger. We want to play a small role in changing this perception.
So, kids are always welcome at Hill Family Farm! We enjoy showing them around and letting them meet chickens and pigs up close. It’s cool to see which ones are brave enough to hold a chick or touch a pig’s snout. Even just touching a chicken is a big step and something most kids around the country will never do.
If you live around Nashville, gives us a shout and bring the family out for a visit. I’m pretty sure you’re kids will be glad you did!