Pie Ranch Farm & Barndance
by: Sherpa Aideen M. ('14)
During Martin Luther King Day Weekend, thirteen Urban students travelled to Pie Ranch farm in Pescadero to provide help and experience farm life. The sustainable farm is called Pie Ranch because the land is shaped like a pie, and their fruit makes for great pies!
We started off our visit with a tour of the farm and weeding project in the rhubarb patch. By removing the weeds we ensured that the rhubarb and other crops will flourish during the growing season. On the tour we were able to feed the pigs and catch the chickens that had escaped the pen. Catching the chickens ended up being difficult, as chickens are speedier than you would think!
After we cooked and ate dinner the group headed out to the barn dance. Although the barn dance has the potential to be lame, it is actually so awesome and fun. We danced and listened to the live band for the whole night. After completing our farm work, we went to the outdoor kitchen to make pies for dessert. Making the pies was so much fun, and many groups got very creative with their decorations! We ended up having a competition for the best pie. Kier and Matthew were the judges, and took the role very seriously!
Early in the morning some members of the group went to milk the goats. I didn't personally drink the milk, but I hear it was absolutely delicious! We left Pie Ranch before lunch time and headed to Año Nuevo beach, where we saw some massive elephant seals and ate lunch.
I have gone on this trip twice, and it is one of the highlights of my time at Urban. This trip was especially fun because of the amazing weather - sadly from a drought - and the great group of students! I definitely recommend this trip to all Urban students.
Friday February, 21, 2014 at 08:45PM
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