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Everyone in New England appreciates that spring brings warmer weather, flowers and longer days. Those things are all nice. But here at the Mountain School, spring brings something significantly MORE important: BABY ANIMALS. 20+ lambs, 3 calves, baby chicks and now piglets! There’s nothing like a mid-day visit to the sheep barn to calm any anxieties and fill you with joy and happiness.

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And now introducing my latest project: the Mountain School Lamb Cam, a compilation of adorable ovine moments, unnecessarily set to famous pieces of classical music.

Lamb Cam #1, rated G for sneezing, aggressive nursing, and many high kicks

Lamb Cam #2, rated G for yawning, needy attention seeking lambs, and some high kicks

Lamb Cam #3, rated PG for hiccups, feisty play, more needy attention seeking lambs, too much testosterone, and excessive scampering


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!

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


“How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!” -William Shakespeare, speaking on behalf of dairy cows everywhere
“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.” -William Shakespeare describing Hatchland Dairy Farm
Milking center
Milking center
Pasteurizing vats
Best day of Ben Y.’s life
“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
“Chocolate milk! My kingdom for a chocolate milk!” -King Richard III (a well known fan of Hatchland Farms’ chocolate milk)
“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)


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


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


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

A Legend is Born: Meet our New Llama (S’14)

December was a difficult month for all of us past, present and future Mountain School community members. The passing our iconic guard llama, Nigel, after he bravely defended our sheep for 14 years, weighed heavily on all of our hearts. We mourned for him, all the while knowing that in a few short months, it would be necessary – for the sake of the sheep – to begin the search for his successor, even as we acknowledge that there will never exist another creature as noble and sophisticated as Nigel. He is simply inimitable.

With the legacy of Nigel fresh in her mind, our fearless livestock manager Gwynne went on a quest to find The Chosen One. She journeyed far and wide, to a farm that tried to sell her seven llamas at once (a little excessive) and another farm that tried to talk her into taking a llama with an award-winning pedigree. You know, in case the Mountain School decides to pursue competitive llama showing as its next big thing. That connects to getting to know a place and working for common good, right?

Anyway. After careful consideration, Gwynne made a decision, and now our Chosen Llama is HERE, in the sheep barn, getting to know his new brethren. He was nameless for awhile (his previous barn called him “Hunter” but obviously that name is not going to cut it in the big leagues), and students debated between Albus, Axel, Wilson, Otis and Atlas for several weeks. Then, Gwynne stood up in school meeting and said, “So, we never finished discussing what to name Desmond,” and after an official vote, that became his name. Sue loves his long curly eyelashes. Gwynne likes how expressive he is with his ears. Jack notes that he seems “more open to conversation” than Nigel. Alden waited awhile to see him because he was “not ready yet.” As for me, I’m so excited.

Without further ado, I present our new legend, Desmond the Brave:


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Which headshot is your favorite?