Shattered Windows and Silver Linings

The farm is about 10 acres. Spring Valley is 135 acres.

The farm is about 10 acres. Spring Valley is 135 acres.

My first week at Volkening Heritage Farm is complete! And what a week it has been. As most of you know Dan and I both got internships at Volkening Heritage Farm and we get to live on site. It is beautiful, from the apartment you can see the cows, chickens, fields, etc. But we did not get to enjoy the awesomeness of the farm when we first moved in. Our very first night living on the farm, both of our cars were broken into, the driver side windows smashed in.

Luckily nothing was taken and the response from the community around us was amazing. Two park rangers, four police officers and an evidence technical showed up to the site. In the middle of all this one of the employees, Monique (some of you meet her MOMCC in the spring) drove over to make sure we were alright. The upside to all of this was that almost all the volunteers and staff knew who we were by the next day. There is a silver lining in everything right? In between dealing with the insurance companies and the auto glass repair people, we have been learning to ropes around the farm. And boy, there a lot of ropes.

We helped set up tents for the up coming fair. Many ropes were involved.

We helped set up tents for the up coming fair. Many ropes were involved.

Volkening is having a fair on Sunday so there has been a lot to do. One of the first tasks we got was to put grommets into canvas. I was abysmal at it but Dan was a real pro.

grommets

Then came milking the cows and other tasks around the farm. We caught on pretty quick to the milking. The amount of time it took us the first time we tried has been steadily decreasing.

The cow, Edna, was very patient with us.

The cow, Edna, was very patient with us.

I'm getting a little better at starting the stove in the morning.

I’m getting a little better at starting the stove in the morning.

Working on getting the tents up.

Working on getting the tents up.

We have also been trying to make time to observe school groups so we can being interrupting by next week. The rest of this week we will be focused on creating an exhibit on North German clothing known as “tracht” that will be on display at the farm on Sunday and then move to the library. Soon we will start getting into the two big projects: deaccessioning and the National Register. Many updates will follow!

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