Mattison Farm Stay 2019 has started. A little update between our sessions while we are back to Harrison, NY for a few days.
Our first group was from all different ages and backgrounds. It’s great to see them work hard together and get along so well. Our focus on this program is to let them experience wonderful North-eastern American farms while we teach practical English,agriculture economy, environmental issues and American culture.
As each day went by, we saw changes in them.
They were able to see what was happening to take responsibilities independently, but still work together. There are so many things we would like to tell you. Since we’ll start another session on 7/31, we are focusing on preparation now.
We’ll be on the farm without internet for a while again, so we apologize if we can’t get in touch with you quickly. The whole new 2019 farm stay experience will be updated in August! Have a great summer everyone!
Every activity lends itself to English learning😊. We really enjoy seeing how our students grow from hands on learning.
We spent our Saturday and Sunday building and preparing our vegetable beds. We’re excited to use these to add another dimension to our lessons.
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..!!