WINDRUSH FARM | PETALUMA – Mimi Luebbermann moved to the Chileno Valley in 1995 with the goal of creating a contemplative agricultural existence to further her writing career. Instead, Windrush Farm has evolved into an educational facility entertaining and educating Bay Area children and adults about farm life, wool, and the real world of animals, grass and sunshine. She and her son, Arann Harris, work closely with AIM’s Farm Field Studies program throughout the spring, and run special programs during the summer. Additionally, with Marlie deSwart of Black Mountain Artisans, she teaches spinning and wool dyeing classes. Fiber artists use the farm for spinning retreats throughout the year. The farm is open for fiber events four times a year.
Farm Field Studies at Windrush Farm is led by Mimi and Mia “Mrs. Dragonfly”. Together they have incorporated music and hands-on activities into their lessons. They also developed lessons that include discussion of the natural environment as it is affected by the farm. Lessons include a trip to the pond to study insect life, discussion of the chicken/egg cycle, nutrient cycles from growing grain to feed the animals, to collecting wool from those animals, and hands-on spinning activities. Students have the opportunity to see goats, llamas, alpacas and even feed sheep, which for many students is their first occasion to get close to farm animals.
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