Growing Adventure brought us 20 kids one Thursday morning! School holidays… too bored… yeah you get the idea! Blessed with a pleasant cloudy weather, they excitedly headed into our farm. Our usually protective dogs were drowning in love, after being pat by small and soft hands. A rare scene indeed! Walking in our farm had effectively killed the kids fear towards dirt and chicken manure. One step closer to nature 😀
They also harvest fresh from the garden, made fire in the mud oven, chopped vegetables and made pizza. Thanks to their training in school, nobody chopped their own fingers 🙂
Damien, our French friend from Nikko Farm also showed the kids how to make pizza dough from scratch! It was a wild Thursday 😀 We enjoyed their company!
Bringing our skills to Penang, we gave a two-day Woodwork & Cooking Class this school holidays at Wonder Wilder Farm with our dear friends Mei Shy & Alicia Koh. So the parents happily kissed their kids goodbye and left their precious for us. It was our first two-day baby sitting experience. I must say, it was challenging. Among them, you get sibling groups, cousins, school mates, but most of them first time meeting each other. Without their parents pampered love, there was no time for weakness 🙂
Started off with chopping board making, we used mangrove which was salvaged from the roadside as material. Sanding this hard wood by hand has nurtured their patience, which I noticed is a lack in most of the kids. To brought back some attention, they were introduced to power tools – grinder and drill, with very good safety measures. The boys certainly sat back to watch the girls do the trials, leaving the girls with good reputation in the end. Oiling the chopping board with RBD coconut oil is the last step.
Mei Shy made us a nutritious and delicious lunch with organic ingredients – pumpkin soup, fried bihun with eggs, and stir fry sawi, with roselle drink. Very sustainable plates – banana leaf from the farm.
Followed by the awesome lunch, Yoshi our Japanese friend, dragged by the kids to the nearby goat farm for a tour. Not sure if it was Yoshi or the kids who lead the tour. But that surely boost the dynamics and eased the next introduction of advanced woodwork techniques by Fred.
Splitting themselves into measuring team, pencil team, angle ruler team and sawing team, the ambitious mob transformed the reclaimed pellets into a beautiful outdoor table. They didn’t mind the afternoon heat and the day ended with a yes to coming back the next day. A big group photo at a contented sunset.
Waking up to the next day, 2 more new kids joined the workshop. Focusing on cooking, we had masterchef Mei Shy showing the tapioca cake fried with coconut oil, Alicia guiding the soya milk processing with ancient stone mill technique, Yoshi teaching Japanese Mochi making and Xin demonstrating pizza making.
The kids proudly used the chopping board made by themselves to chop up ingredients. On top of that, working on the outdoor table that they have made. It was a big organic feast and the kids loved it, tasting food at their original flavour. Washing up the dishes has built up some responsibility and discipline.
The final session is the book crate making with Fred. With the prior woodwork skills, preparing pallets into workable form became easier than the day before. However, as the day gets longer, the kids had also grew a little tired. It was a slightly disastrous classroom with impatient kids yelling for help and noisy hammering. Nevertheless, everybody finished their project with the last creativity of the day. We hope they will welcome their new semester with own made book shelf. Today they made a book shelf, tomorrow they will be able to build themselves houses to live in. We all learned something this school holidays 🙂