Left: Mixing the seed bomb ingredients Right: Scoping out the best spots to spread the seeds.
Summer is officially here at Pony Power! Week one of Operation Pony Power was a great success with a host of different volunteers and excited riders joining us. With riding exercises each morning, followed by farm education and activities, our first week provided these stellar children of activey duty military personnel and veterans with some real summer fun and support.
The week was generously sponsored by the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association and SUEZ, and representatives from both organizations were able to spend the week volunteering with us!
Each child was assigned a horse of his or her own for the week and rode that horse each day. After riding, we all gathered in the backyard of the new property for a picnic-in-the-grass style snack. On Monday and Tuesday, the kids learned all about the horses, from basis grooming skills to bathing, tacking, nutrition, and more.
Some of the art projects tackled this week included decorating picture frames for our shots with our ponies, painting bird houses, and a "rain storm in a bag" thanks to SUEZ!
The week focused on tending to the environment. We learned about the restoration of native plants, and how to best live amongst all our critters- humans, horses, bees, and more. We planted pollinators around the new barn and made "seed bombs" to throw in our most environmentally compromised regions of the property.
Some fan favorite moments of the week were trotting and running through the sprinklers in the ring. All in all, a great week in the books!
To learn more about land management techniques like the seed bombs, read this blog post by Regenerative Design Group - our awesome landscape architects.