Johanna with calfWhat’s not to like about these photos–seven toddlers and their moms had a fun tour of Healthyway Dairy last week.  The children were especially lucky because there was a three-week old Jersey calf to play with, along with the chickens.  Irene Nelson of the Santa Fe raw milk dairy hosted the farm tour for the children and their moms.

The idea for the tour began when Whitney, a young mom with a cute two-year old named Johanna [that’s her on the left in the green checked shirt and pigtails], took a friend and both of their toddlers along to pick up raw milk from Healthyway Dairy.  The friend tagged along because her son Edmond really loves cows!  They enjoyed the trip so much that Whitney showed photos of the farm trip to her moms group.  Immediately all the other mothers wanted to take their children to visit the farm too. So Whitney contacted Irene Nelson of Healthy Way Dairy and arranged a farm tour for the toddlers.

Luke with calfIrene greeted them at the farm and let the children get close to the cute Jersey calf and run around with it.  All the children got a chance to admire the calf and pet it. Nolan with calf A little while later, Irene and the moms helped the children climb around on a tractor, which they really enjoyed. [The two-year old boy in the blue shirt is Luke.  The little boy with the white shirt and baseball cap is Nolen.]

 

After playing with the calf and climbing on the tractor, it was time to have fun with the chickens.  Irene got a bucket of feed for the chickens and let the children reach in to get food to throw to the chickens.  Johanna [in the orange shirt on her first visit to the farm] loved the roosters best because they kept crowing at her.Johanna (orange shirt) and chickens

All the moms and two-year-olds had fun at the farm and some of the moms bought raw milk for the first time.  They really loved the milk, which doesn’t surprise me, because I drink Healthy Way Dairy milk too, and it is soooo good!

 

 

 

In the photos below are, 1st photo: left to right, Oliver (red-head in plaid jumpsuit), Luke, Zach, John, and Johanna. 2nd photo: Nolen (left), Zach and chickens.  3rd photo: left to right, Zophia (green checked jumpsuit), Johanna, Oliver, Zach, and Anna.

 

Oliver Luke Zach John JohannaNolan and Zach with chickens

Zophia Johanna Oliver Zach and Anna

 

 

 

 

 

The next row of photos features, left to right, Edmond with the chickens, Luke and Johanna with the calf, and Nolen with some chickens.  I think Edmond really goes for chickens too!

 

Edmond with chickensLuke and Johanna with calfNolan with chickens

 

 

 

 

 

And now here are some of the moms!  On the left are Edmond and his mom Angela.  On the right are Zophia and her mom Lotus.  Of course, Johanna’s mom Whitney, who arranged the fun tour, is behind the camera and is not in any of the photos.

Edmond and mom Angela with calfZophia with mom Lotus

 

 

 

 

 

You might also want to read this previous post, Milk is Plentiful at Healthy Way Dairy

Healthy Way Dairy is a Texas licensed raw cow milk dairy in Santa Fe, Texas  The dairy offers milk and sometimes yard eggs, buttermilk, and cream cheese.  Contact information:  email cowsplus@verizon.net or call 409-739-2389.  For additional local sources of raw milk, check the Local Food & Milk page on the website of the Houston-Galveston Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Update September 20, 2014:  Bill and Irene Nelson are good people who care about their cows and helping others be healthier by drinking their raw milk.  Watch a superb documentary about life on their dairy farm here.