A Day For the History Books
The gathering of kids, Home Parents and volunteers showed up willingly, although most had no idea what they were in for.

“Do you know what the single most labor-saving device ever invented for agriculture is?” Executive Director, Larry McDaniel, quizzed the gathering. “It’s the big round baler. Today, you’re going to get to do something that not many people do anymore. In fact – your kids and grandkids will read about this kind of stuff in their history books, and you’ll be able to say, ‘I did that!!!'”

What is that? You’ve probably guessed it – hauling hay and bucking bales. And so the adventure into the history books began.

A few hours later, 600 bales had been collected from a local field, hauled and unloaded into the loft of our hay barn, ready to feed our horses this winter. Just as importantly, many of our children gained real-life experience in the importance of teamwork. It only took a moment for children who weigh less than a bale of hay to realize they couldn’t lift it by themselves, no matter how independent they might want to be. The reliance on others and the willingness of everyone to pitch in and lend a hand was even more inspiring than doing an activity that may someday be relegated to the history books.

See for yourself – get a LOAD of all the teamwork that happened that afternoon!

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