For this blog post, I decided to do something a little different. I interviewed some people that visited the farm, to see how they feel about it. I also went to the farm on a weekend, so this also impacted the number of people that visited. There was definitely a lot more people, so this allowed me to conduct more then one interview.
The first people I talked to were visiting their son from Texas! They came all the way from Texas, and they said they wanted to come see the animals too, not just their son (I thought this was quite funny). I asked them how they felt about the farm, and what they. like and dislike about it. They said that they loved how peaceful and clean it is. “Its almost like your own universe out here. I just love it!”. They also said that they wished more people would come up here more often since it is really such a unique place.
Also at the farm was a mother and her daughter. They were very eager to look at the birds and sheep. The daughter started calling for the sheep and she was very happy when they responded with a “BAHHH”. The sheep walked up to the fence for her to pet them. This shows me that the animals also value the interaction with humans, so it is not just a one sided phenomena. The little girl, (assuming I worked there, which I do), asked me what the pigs names were and she was so excited to call them over. Leyroy, (the male pig), came to her when she called his name, and she was ecstatic. After a while, a long while, they left.
Next to come visit the farm were two parents and there daughter, who is a student here at Pace. The daughter showed her parents around, and they were in awe of the farms beauty. They kept saying how they loved it and how the daughter was so lucky to have a place like this on campus. She crouched down, eye level to the sheep, and took snapchats, which she sent to her friends. This not only promotes the farm, but it shows great interactions with the animals and humans.
Lastly to come to the farm, happened to be my friend. I interviewed her to see how she feels about the farm. I asked her how often she comes to the farm with her friends, and what is her favorite part about the farm. She said that she goes to the farm quite often with her friends to do homework and to just relax. “I love how I can just sit and relax with my friends and talk to the animals. Its like a safe place for people to come and just think.”
The interviews really helped me to get an inside scoop of what people really think about the farm. People love the interactions they can have with the animals, and they love how peaceful it is. The positive interactions that have been discussed above, really show me how nature is still a valued thing in our industrial society.