September 30, 2008

Hello Glog Readers!

It’s great to be back. We’re only 3 weeks into the academic year here and already it’s hard to tell which students are new this year and which are heading into their 4th year at Gould. I think the comfort of the “new kids” is a testament to the openness and friendliness of the Gould community. This school is full of really great kids. Those of you who are worried about the future should consider visiting campus for a day and talking with some Gould students. We’re all going to be just fine.

Glog readers from last year know that one of my roles here at Gould is managing the Farm and Forest program. I ended the year glogging excitedly about our new baby turkeys. Here’s what they looked like in June… and I’m still excited about them.

Gould’s turkeys spent the summer grazing pasture in a mobile coop. Each day the coop is mmoved, providing fresh pasture for the turkeys to eat. For the last 2 months they’ve also been offered certified organic grain. Here’s a picture of the coop on the left. Gould students built most of the coop during Farm and Forest in the spring. And to the right you can see our HANDSOME heritage breed birds! Gobble gobble.

An exciting addition to the Gould campus is the new artificial turf field. The field looks like it’s almost ready for play, but for much of the summer and early fall the field was busy with excavators, bulldozers, graders, dump trucks, etc. Our apartment is right next to the new field. We rearranged our furniture so our 2 year old son could watch the activity- all the “tatooo“s at work. He delighted in the big equipment. I’m sure our students and coaches will delight in the smooth surface and the early-season playing time when Old Man Winter sticks around too long.

Here are a few pictures of our pumpkin picking trip.

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