Wow! We are so excited that two groups attended our Farm Stay this year. We’re so happy to offer these experiences that so many people have never experienced! We feel it is so important to experience these things first hand and not from a textbook.
Our focus in this program was for students to use English in everyday situations on and off the farm on the following 3 topics:
1. Environment+Social+Economic⇒ Sustainable development
2. Strong English conversation skills
3. American culture and manners
These experiences added depth to our students’ characters and wisdom about the world around them. It wasn’t always pleasant for all who joined because they were immersed in the local culture. It was a totally new way of life for them. Because of that, each individual stayed focused on English to learn to understand and respect others and their culture.
☆How to prepare fishing pole-Total Physical Response/casting practice
☆Ecological footprint-Ecological footprint calculator/presentation
☆Table manners-proper way to eat and communicate at the table/presentation
☆Nature/Agriculture relations to modern life-what to be careful of in the wild/respect and observe nature
☆Creative writing-review the week and write an essay
☆Taking care of pigs in the barn every morning-feeding/cleaning/bedding
☆Fishing at the beaver pond-Rowing the rowboats/observing beavers
☆Setting and checking infrared camera in the woods
☆Visit Amish family next door
☆Meeting Mattison family, relatives and friends
☆Horseback riding/carriage riding
☆Build Bonfire/Marshmallow roasting/drumming
☆Tie-dye T-shirt making
☆Cooking meals together
☆Swimming&kayaking at the lake
☆Ordering at the shops and ice cream shops
☆Collins Farm Tour-over 2000 cows
☆Locust Hill Dairy Farm Tour-over 4000 cows
One week was a short time, yet all of our students accepted the challenge to different degrees and that was one of the fun parts of such a program. Please look through the photos and ask us lots of questions.
We truly loved our farmstay2018. Thank you to our Mattison family and friends who were part of us and to support our program!
How often do you think about sacrificing animals & plants when you eat?
well…in my case, not so often….until we had these tasty meats from our family’s farm.
Regardless of what other animals do,”Humans kill other animals for food.”
I usually don’t think about this when I go regular grocery shopping.
But eating fresh beef from the farm made me feel that we just took their precious lives, just so we can eat.
We eat meats and plants, we do as we must in order to survive.
Some people may think this is just the cycle of life so get over it!
But by seeing cows in the pasture happily walking around, and eating tasty beef on my plate right from the pasture…. I must honor animals by showing respect and gratitude for their “sacrifice.”
I don’t want to waste food on my plate.
I am so glad that my family can feel this way, and we have our family who runs farm in upstate NY.
We hope we can share the meaning of life and food in our future program <Farm Stay+ESL Program> someday.
We visited our hometown(Richalnd, NY) on labor day weekend.
We got all these fresh grass fed meats from our family “Mattland Farm”!
Thanks to Mark and Angela Mattison!
Mark and Angela are the owners of Mattland Farms. And Mark is a 6th generation farmer.
We had a great time talking about our future plan…
“Farm Camp Program”
where people can be exposed to beautiful American nature and enjoy some farm activities.
And be able to take ESL lessons while staying right at the farm!
Please stay tuned for our next step up!
To do list is too long tonight.
Making our clients wait…letting sons take their own responsibility…We feel we are falling behind getting things done.
A big contract is coming up, too….
Our mom(in Japan) always told us”Just do things one at the time, don’t think about anything else. Watch your step! Focus! You can handle it if you guys are together.”
IF this is the moment and the opportunity….
We should hang in there..!!
Just finished today’s work with Chris.
Mattison English is getting busier. Glad to meet many new people. Some people find us via online, some pick up our ads in front of our office. But most of all, it’s from word of mouth from current students of ours. We are so pleased and appreciate how we can connect to people.
Let’s have a great new school year!!