Indian Ladder Farms brings children and farm animals together

"I once had a baby goat that was, like, my most favorite goat and it was really sick, so I had to sleep with it to make sure it was OK all night. That's the extent that I feel for animals," said Soloviev. "No matter what attitude I come to work with, by the time I'm finished working with them, even if it's freezing or hot, I'm relaxed, happy, calm and everything is right with the world. It's a way of touching the Earth and realizing our place within it."

When the baby animals arrive for their monthlong stay, Soloviev tries to gather a mix " goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits. She also does a demonstration with the farm's observation bee hive to show where honey comes from and why bees aren't something to be afraid of but something we need.

"A part of them really opens up when they touch and interact with the animals," said Soloviev.

When Baby Animal Days wrap up at the end of May, another chance to learn about life on a farm and animal care will start up in the summer. Barn School Day Camps, specifically the program called Life on the Farm in the 1800s, teaches home skills that were required for farm life centuries ago.

"On the last day we dress up in period costumes and do all of our chores and activities in dress up. These are great programs that help to teach forgotten skills to a new generation of young people," said Soloviev.

The farm is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $5 per child for Baby Animal Days.


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