Cape Gazette

Down on Green Acres Farm

By Ron MacArthur | May 09, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Master Gardener Brent Marsh of Georgetown, aka Mr. McGregor, talks to a group of children about the importance of eating vegetables.

Each year, wide eyes and little hands look forward in early May to their school's trip to Green Acres Farm, Delaware's largest dairy farm located off Route 9 near Lewes, and home to the 27th annual 4-H Spring Farm Tour.

Sponsored by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H and the Hopkins family, the May 8-9 event attracted more than 1,700 young students from schools and pre-schools throughout the county. The event ended with every child getting a free ice cream cone from Hopkins Dairy Creamery.

Students took tours of the milking room, watched a puppet show, took tractor rides and got up close and personal with cows, calves, baby chicks, pigs and goats.

The Sussex County 4-H team was led by Mike Love along with extension staff and volunteers from 4-H clubs and Sussex County Master Gardeners.

Ashly Greenhawk of Green Acres Farm explains what happens in the dairy farm's milking room. Cows are milked three times a day, 365 days a year. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Macie Bowen, a Richard Shields Elementary School kindergarten student, enjoys the last of a Hopkins Farm Creamery ice cream cone. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Grace Hopkins shows off one of her goats to people taking the annual farm tour. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Emily Smith of Smyrna, the alternate 2013 Miss Delaware Dairy Princess, talks with students about different products made from milk. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Green Acres Farm cows don't seem too disturbed by the large crowds that toured the farm May 8 and May 9. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Olivia Smith, a Richard Shields Elementary School kindergarten student, smiles as she gets a lick from a calf. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Tractor rides around the farm are a highlight of every tour. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A crowd gathers around to see and touch baby chicks. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Young students try their best to identify vegetables. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Those taking the farm tour also find time to take advantage of the Green Acres playground. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Four youngsters ham it up for the camera as they pose as barnyard characters. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Children and chaperones climb onto a trolley to take a tour of Green Acres Farm. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A young calf takes it all in during the 27th annual 4-H Spring Farm Tour at Green Acres Farm near Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
When given the chance, climbing is what children do. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Master Gardener Tracy Mulveny says she is not a bad bug, but one that helps the environment during a puppet show as part of the farm tour. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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