This year, students from four classrooms at Bowie Elementary School are participating in the free “Adopt a Cow” program through Discover Dairy. The year-long program connects students with a local farm where they can adopt a 100-pound dairy calf as their classroom mascot. Don’t worry, they don’t have to find a pen big enough to hold her! The photos, stories, and activities sheets the program sends the class about their calf’s life on the farm really make her come alive for the students. Through the program, students will learn about their calf’s family, breed, diet, daily routine, the milking process, and so much more! To practice their writing skills and show some love for their calf, students are then encouraged to write letters to their calf and host farm family.
Bowie’s host farm is Fletcher Farm in Southampton, MA. Established in 1989, Fletcher Farm is owned and operated by The Fletcher Family. They currently care for 85 milking cows on their 100-acre farm. Like most children who grew up on a farm, Farmer Nicole was responsible for many farm chores at an early age. She now works there full-time and is dedicated to raising happy and healthy animals. For the next seven months, the students at Bowie will connect with Farmer Nicole to learn about their adopted calves and the farm they live on. The four classrooms at Bowie participating in the program and their calf's names are:
Take a look at their calves!
The ChicopeeFRESH team is a group of creative individuals who are working to feed Chicopee students healthy, local and FRESH foods each day.