By Michael Mancuso
Posted on August 9, 2018 2:39 PM
Updated August 9, 2018 3:11 PM
Come summer the work gets kinda hard, especially on a farm.
That’s why it was a welcome relief from the heat when fifth generation dairy farmer Mikayla Fulper brought kids and their calves out for some good old fashioned calf washing.
It was part of the Farmstead Adventure Camp held at the Fulper Family Farmstead in West Amwell, outside Lambertville.
“The purpose of our camp is to bring kids out to the farm, away from technology,” Fulper said.
“It teaches them about agriculture, where their food comes from. And it gives them a little bit of fun to have during the week,” she added.
In addition to other farm activities like hayrides, nature walks and butter and ice cream making, the children get practice caring for a calf.
The day campers are partnered with a calf for the week, two kids to a calf.
They also practice showmanship, leading their calf around, in preparation for a show they put on for family and friends on the last day of camp.
It’s a great bonding experience.
As Fulper tells it, speaking about their designated calf, the kids “learn to walk it, wash it, love it.”
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