Today we did some cool stuff. Today’s weather was lousy, rainy and cold. We went to a couple of places. First, we went to Thimble Farm. That farm is not just a regular farm, it has this huge, amazing greenhouse where they plant all these vegetable and fruits. We met this cool, amazing guy named Taz, he was our tour guide and shocks me is that he is the only person who works in that specific greenhouse. He has a helper sometimes if he is sick which is his cool boss Alex.
He brought us to the main place of the greenhouse and it was full of green and red everywhere and it reminded me of my past with my aunt. It actually made me happy that there is still places strong with greenhouses. As he spoke, I learned about a lot of cool stuff about what's inside the greenhouse such as how does the system work, why is inside the most used for gardening and how did they have reusable water and how did it work that way.
Thimble Farm used peat moss and it is composed of vegetables and other organic stuff used. The design by the farm created it by using these and turn it into peat moss and the Thimble Farm reuse it, how? The company can break out and put it out for the outdoor garden and use it for growing outdoors. Taz grew chives on top of strawberries to keep the bugs away. Also, he mentioned what he called the greenhouse was Hydroponics and it was something you garden without soil on the ground. The greenhouse is designed from a Dutch style greenhouse. He would want to bring ladybugs in to avoid aphids. The way he wanted it to look, he did also put up Nasturtiums by the corner of the greenhouse to keep the bugs out and allows the bees in to have strawberries pollinate.
As Taz brought us to the back of the greenhouse, we saw more strawberries around the corner and learned about a filter to clear out the bugs, dirt, mold and other unhealthy stuff for the gardens. Did you know how ladybugs are good for gardens? Know why? They keep Aphids away! We also learned about what could keep the bugs away from eating plants such as onions, chives, and nasturtiums. They are using the old times to plant corn, beans, and squashes. They plant seeds, they harvest the plants every week. Taz also mentioned that he was excited about showing his work and he was happy that he could talk about it with us.
Afterward, all these things we learned about we went over to the trout tanks. We learned that they help with the plants growing and all these such cool stuff. We also had the opportunity to feed the fish. I fed the fish by getting a cup filled with fish food and then went up the stairs to meet the level of the tank. I sprinkled around the tank, the fish were very hungry.We talked a little bit more about the trouts. We also learned that they used trout fertilizer to grow plants. Taz added the fertilizer to the black tank and he went over and poured fertilizer on the plants to grow.
We had a nice gift from them when we were about to leave for lunch. We got a huge free bag of hydroponically grown lettuce from them and it was so nice of them! I cannot wait to eat the vegetables they grew. We said our goodbyes to them and we piled up the van and went over to a nice sweet little shop called Scottish Bakehouse, we pulled in to buy and try their food and I got Chocolate funfetti cake pudding and it was so delicious.
We ate lunch at the little shop and we decided to go over to this beautiful Misty Meadows horse therapy farm. We were introduced to Jill and Rebecca, they were so sweet. The surprising thing about Jill was that she used to work at the Learning Center School for the Deaf and knew ASL. There were so beautiful inside and the outside, the land was given by 2 generous married couple to the MM. The couple wanted to have the open farm to be accessible for every special needs person. The farm held 10 horses that teach the kids about relationships and there was one horse that we groomed named Noble, he was so cute! I wanted to stay and take care of this cute horse, I forgot to mention, he is the eldest horse on the barn and he is 30 years old. The girl and boy horses are separated due to less fighting.
If anyone wanted the barn to board and feed their horses to them, it would cost around $600-$1,200. The riding cost they provide riding lessons for each special needs person. They are having their own first camp this summer and they are very excited about it. The horses do not wear shoes, they get their hooves trimmed every 5 weeks. They have a dentist come twice a year. They have an average of 85 students every week. We enjoyed meeting them and the horses! The barn inside had a beautiful arena and it was a huge area where I saw kids riding in it. I also loved the painting from David Bore that painted the horses that were there in the past.
As we left the place, Jarmal started having a runny eye and it was very watery. We think that he is allergic to the hay from the barn. Poor Jarmal! Some of us were falling asleep and we were all tired. We got home to something terrible! We saw our garbage all over our driveway! I was not in the mood to clean it up but I came down and went outside with Jarmal, Diana, Frederick to clean it up. Now, we all are exhausted and tired.
I am looking forward meeting ASL club at Martha’s Vineyard high school library and talk about the language of ASL. I am also so excited to see another lighthouse. I had a good day today, It was a fun thing to do in Martha’s Vineyard.