Blue Water Center Visit and Therapeutic Horseback Riding
As anticipated, the month of October has been a busy one at Special Dreams Farm. On Friday, October 13th, Helen Paul and her fellow instructor, Annette Reeves of Red Tail Acres Equestrian Center brought their pony, Dolly, and their horse, Jackson to the farm for therapeutic riding lessons. Helen has been teaching special needs riders for over 30 years! Helen works with children and adults with cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges. Annette has been giving therapeutic riding lessons for 6 years. It was an amazing sight to see- the beaming smiles on the farmers’ faces when they were working with the horses.
We had other guests on the farm that day, as well. Students from Blue Water Center for Independent living spent the day at the farm. A few of our farmers showed them the ropes on completing daily farm chores, offering a great opportunity for leadership roles. The students from the Blue Water Center also spent some time learning to build picket fence sections, and mulching around trees in the orchard. They also got the chance to partake in riding lessons with Helen and Annette. For many of them, it was their first experience with horseback riding. After lunch, the day ended with a wagon ride back to the woods.
During a very busy time of the year for UPS employees, a group of 21- both retired/current UPS employees dedicated Saturday, October 14th to volunteering their time at Special Dreams Farm. Each year, a group of UPS volunteers spend the day dropping trees in the woods, which is later gathered, brought up to the barn, and split by the farmers for the season’s firewood supply. This day that they contribute each year keeps the firewood operation going through the entire winter! We are very grateful for the help that this group offers us.
Last but certainly not least…doughnuts!
Yesterday, Chef Ann led a group of farmers in cooking class. One Tuesday each month, the menu items are selected and farmers learn how to perform simple tasks in the kitchen and follow a recipe. After the feast is prepared, the group sits together at the farmhouse table and enjoys the meal together. During this cooking class, farmers prepared vegetable tortellini soup and cinnamon sugar doughnuts! Delicious would be an understatement to describe this meal!
The less enjoyable part of cooking class day is continuing work after everyone is too full to move. 🙂