Dear Dairy: S’14 Visits Dairy Farms

“So do you, like, milk cows there?” is probably the most common and inaccurate question that Mountain School students are asked by friends at home.

No, we don’t. Please stop asking.

Yes, we are on a farm. And we do have cows, but we eat them. Well, some of us do (shout out to vegetarians!). Regardless, learning about food production, including dairy, is central to the Mountain School curriculum, so even though we don’t have our own dairy cows, every semester we take field trips to several dairy farms in the area. (This is 25% because we want to learn about dairy production and 75% because we want to buy ice cream and chocolate milk).

Here are some photos of our recent visit to Hatchland Farms. Thanks to Rena for sharing her photos!

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Prompt: “Look like a cow”
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Prompt: “Look excited!” (nice job, Cedar)
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Calves in their “hutches”
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“As he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” -William Shakespeare, explaining why we eat meat
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“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.” -William Shakespeare, upon observing this interaction

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“How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!” -William Shakespeare, speaking on behalf of dairy cows everywhere
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“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.” -William Shakespeare describing Hatchland Dairy Farm
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Milking center
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Milking center
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Pasteurizing vats
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Best day of Ben Y.’s life
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“Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” -William Shakespeare, when faced with Kate’s excessive milk bottle predicament
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“Chocolate milk! My kingdom for a chocolate milk!” -King Richard III (a well known fan of Hatchland Farms’ chocolate milk)
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“O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that bottle of chocolate milk.” -Romeo (also a huge fan of Hatchland Farm’s chocolate milk)

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Questionable clothing swap
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“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare, describing Rena and Elyse
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“Men of few words are the best men.” -William Shakespeare
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“True nobility is exempt from fear.” -William Shakespeare

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“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep.” -William Shakespeare, describing his favorite dorm, Tobold
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Dancing Dewees

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“Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better.” -William Shakespeare
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“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” -William Shakespeare, giving away Elyse’s secret
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“This above all: to thine own self, be true.” -William Shakespeare, giving advice to Dan Lee
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Wicked good
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Everybody
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Afterwards, some hardcore mud soccer to celebrate one of the first days we could wear shorts without fear of frostbite
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