By Zach Chouteau
The ‘Rich Life’ segment recently set aside its focus on our fair city for a farming foray that won’t soon be forgotten.
The first year attending Richmond’s Mira Vista Elementary School has had plenty of highlights for my Kindergartener son Logan, but I doubt that any will leave a more-lasting memory than a fantastic field trip he took part in last week.
My wife Kathy and I had the opportunity to tag along when Mrs. Carrousel’s class joined two other Kindergarten classrooms for an excursion to Smith Family Farm in Brentwood—and it was more enjoyable than I ever would have imagined. The 50-acre oasis of agriculture, animals and just good old fresh air clearly provided a new perspective (and plenty of fun) for the young students more accustomed to the urban and suburban realms of Richmond.
Kids joined in a boisterous barn sing-a-long, embraced a tractor-pulled carriage ride, lost themselves in an herb garden labyrinth and had animal encounters with ducks, rabbits and even peacocks during a three-hour immersion into farming life. Grinding corn, watching busy bees at work and picnicking beneath a canopy of lovely elms, oaks and willows were other elements of the escape, and topping things off were take-home treasures of live plants and herbal bouquets.
The venue is about a 50-minute drive from Richmond by car, and is also well known for its festive offerings around Halloween-time—including a gigantic pumpkin harvest and patch—and the holidays, when the farm sells a variety of Christmas trees and hosts visits from Santa.
You can find out more at the Smith Family Farm’s website.