The kindergarten went on their field trip last Friday. The day was picture-perfect; it was absolutely beautiful outside. That was especially important because the field trip was to Liuzza Farm in Amite, LA, about an hour away from New Orleans. All of the parent chaperones met at school at 8:30am, and the bus pulled out just before 9am. The kids were so excited to ride on a bus again!
Everyone arrived at the farm right around 10am, and we were divided into two groups. Our group boarded the trailer first for a tour of the farm. Liuzza grows lots of fruits and vegetables, including yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, green beans, and strawberries. Everything is planted and harvested by hand. Impressive!
After our tour, the kids got to play on the culvert hill slides and bounce on the jumping pillow. Then they listened to a short talk on the importance of bees to a farm and got a taste of the farm’s honey on a pretzel stick. (Riley declined his taste so I took it instead. So good!)
After that, we boarded a smaller trailer for a short mule-drawn ride. Then we got up close and personal with some of the farm’s goats before going to play in the “schoolyard.”
Then it was time for lunch in the Carriage House, a large, open-air building with lots of picnic tables and benches. We sat with Dana and Claire and even met a friendly farm kitty.
The fun wasn’t over after lunch, though. We walked over to “Agventure Land” for our next activity. This is when Riley had a mini meltdown. He said he didn’t want to participate. Allison had to take him aside and talk to him before making him stand in line in front of her and wait for instructions. I figured he would listen to her better than me, and I’m glad she didn’t let him slide. He wasn’t extremely happy about it, but he ultimately did what he was supposed to do.
The kids got to walk through a greenhouse and then plant their own bean in a tiny cup of soil to take home with them. Look, it’s Riley-bean with his very own bean!
Then they walked through the farm’s little garden, where they grow herbs, citrus trees, and other things. Riley loved smelling the mint.
After that we were off to our last activity of the day: picking strawberries. Riley and I each got a plastic clamshell to fill, and the berries were in much better shape than the ones we picked at Mrs. Heather’s. We found a lot of great ones and have been enjoying them all week!
We left Liuzza Land around 1pm and headed home. I can’t say enough about the wonderful day we spent there. There were so many different things to do and to experience, and the grounds were so well kept and inviting. There were a few other groups there at the same time as us, but it never felt too crowded. I highly recommend a trip to Liuzza Farm. We had so much fun!