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Prem Tinsulanonda International School brings the farm yard to the school yard

The Three-Generation Farm located in Mae Rim, Thailand exists as an educational resource for Prem International School (PTIS) students and showcase of traditional Thai agriculture and rural lifestyles for all of the visitors that step onto its soil.

PTIS student with baby goat
PRLog - July 17, 2012 - MAE RIM, Thailand -- This educational farm thrives to seed interest in the minds of every generation, encourage upward growth and watch as its participant’s blossom into passionate ambassadors for a sustainable future within agriculture and healthy lifestyle choices.

The Three-Generation Farm (http://vsp.threegeneration.org/content/farm.html ) has a lot to offer its visitors but what is it that attracts participants the most? The beautiful setting? Well it does have that. Educational value? Of course, there is so much to learn! Delicious food, made from freshly picked organic vegetables? I guess it does have that too, but there is something else the Three-Generation Farm has like no other that is definitely the main attraction, or should I say attractions.

Home to a herd of goats, they win the heart of every visitor and draw in crowds from across school, Chiang Mai, Thailand and the world. The boarding students adopt them as pets which they attentively take care of everyday after lessons, the farm volunteers cry when it's time to move on and say goodbye to them. The "Young Farmers" members drag their parents to the farm to meet them. It is without doubt the interrelated effects that the goats have on visitors, but furthermore, they play an important role on the farm. Feeding on the Traidhos grounds and helping to keep vegetation to a manageable level, the goats produce manure for the vegetable beds and farm-made compost, but their purpose is much more than just that.

This year the goats have developed into a fully functional dairy herd and have helped to educate farm participants on the origin of milk. Surprisingly, something that today's generation knows little about. PTIS (www.ptis.ac.th) students have seen the female goats develop during pregnancy, have discovered the clues to indicate the onset of labour and watched the goats give birth. The goats even stand patiently whilst participants are given the chance to milk the goats and then bottle feed the kids.

But after all that, the goats offer one last thing - character. Each goat has a different personality, each visitor warms to a different goat and that is the secret to their popularity. This week, twin girls were born and they will grow up to continue this story and bring smiles to the faces of visitors from across Thailand and the world. You are welcome at anytime to visit the Three-Generation Farm and to see the goats, all you need is bamboo leaves in your hand and we guarantee they will make you smile.

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Location:Mae Rim - Chiang Mai - Thailand
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