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Farmer Flynn and His Barnyard Companions (Grade 4)

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Farmer Flynn and His Barnyard Companions

Hi everyone! I’m Farmer Flynn and I’m here to tell you about how important it is to eat a variety of good foods that will help you grow strong and healthy!

Eating fresh food gives you energy to run in your backyard, bike through the neighborhood, play with your friends, draw pictures, and do anything that you love to do! But eating nutritious food doesn’t just fuel you to do the activities you like, it also helps you live a much longer, active life.

Here at Sunny Hill Farm, I grow lots of fruit, vegetables, and grains, which are not only delicious, but also provide different benefits for you and your body. But it’s not just me at the farm - I have so many barnyard friends that I want you to meet!

In the pasture, Oakley the horse enjoys galloping through the fields as the wind sweeps through his long, chestnut-brown mane. In the afternoon, Oakley eats a hearty helping of oats to give him the energy he needs to canter across the hills in the bright sun. Oats are also great for you! They contain large amounts of fiber, which helps with your digestion, and antioxidants, which improve the blood flow through your body. For breakfast, you can try having a bowl of oatmeal or adding some oats to yogurt.

Grazing in the grass is Ella the cow and her calf, Joy. Because Joy is only a few weeks old, she drinks milk to help her grow up into a healthy cow like her mother. Just like Joy, you can also get lots of nutrients from drinking milk that will help you get stronger. Milk contains calcium, which is an important mineral that strengthens your bones and teeth and helps keep your heart beating. When you drink milk, you are also getting a good source of vitamin B12, a nutrient that makes sure the red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body, are healthy. As you can see, there are many benefits we can get from milk. How about having a glass of milk the next time you make a bowl of oatmeal?

In my vegetable garden, I like to grow lettuce, kale, broccoli, and sweet peppers. They taste so refreshing in the summer when you chop them into a large bowl to make a salad! Eating lots of veggies is important because they contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for your body to function.

Remi and Lucy are the rabbits who frequently hop through the garden looking for all of the delicious leafy greens to eat for dinner. You can make so many fun dishes using vegetables. You can roast them in the oven, chop them into a soup, add them into a sandwich, or just eat them whole!

I also grow different types of fruit at the farm depending on which season it is. In the winter, we harvest many oranges. Fresh oranges contain vitamin C, which builds up your immune system and helps you avoid sickness. In the spring and summer, the farm produces juicy strawberries. Strawberries contain potassium, a nutrient that regulates your blood pressure and keeps your heart healthy.

One of my favorite activities is to go strawberry picking because I get to take so many delicious, healthy, sweet strawberries to eat at home. I also enjoy giving the rabbits strawberries to eat as an occasional special treat.

Other fruits, like apples, are in season during the fall. This is the perfect time to visit an apple orchard and pick all the best apples. Apples are full of fiber. They also contain potassium and vitamin C. You can try making a fruit salad of all the different fruits you can find, or you can have a piece of whole fruit with yogurt!

The last place I want to show you is the Happy Hen House where my three hens, Daisy, Millie, and Carrie, live. They are fabulous Leghorn hens, famous for how well they lay eggs. Daisy, Millie, and Carrie provide fresh eggs every day for the farm. Eggs are very nutritious because they are high in protein. Protein is essential for us because it strengthens and repairs our muscles. After you play outside, go swimming, or jump on a trampoline, protein helps you recover and stay strong. One of my favorite egg recipes is to make a veggie omelet. Just crack an egg on a pan and add in some chopped peppers, onions, or spinach.

Now that you’ve seen all of Sunny Hill Farm; I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for coming and remember, there are so many great, fresh foods you can eat and add to your daily meals to keep your body nourished and healthy.

This piece was written by Haein Kim.
Write or draw one way you can help your body by eating the foods found on Farmer Flynn's farm.

Match the food with the way it helps the body. Write the correct letter on each line.

A. Oats -- B. Milk -- C. Oranges -- D. Strawberries -- E. Apples -- F. Eggs
           Contain potassium which helps your blood pressure and keeps your heart healthy
           Contain fiber and antioxidants to help with digestion and blood flow
           Full of vitamin C to build your immune system
           High in protein to strengthen and repair your muscles
           Have lots of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C
          Contains calcium to keep your bones strong and your heart beating
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