Today, Martial Cottle Park serves as an area for learning the agricultural heritage and the tradition of farming in the Santa Clara Valley. Holy Family School’s 2nd Grade class had the honor of being one of the first groups to take part of their educational program.
Our 2nd graders were so excited to participate in the hands on activities, which included milking a cow! Hearing that children in the 1900’s would be expected to milk cows as one of their chores early in the morning brought a level of appreciation to just being able to attend school. Besides milking cows, the students were able to try their hand at steer roping.
Students were exposed to the many ways an eight year old would help on the farm, certainly chores they would not be expected to do today. The 2nd graders learned about planting seeds, but also the ways children had fun. Many outdoor games were played including kendama. First was work, then play, a value shared then and now.
As the final part of this trip, students participated in a map activity showing them the changes around the ranch from 1899 until 1960’s. The changes through time were quite eye opening. The 2nd graders at Holy Family School got a small glimpse of agricultural life, more they truly gained a greater appreciation for the important history in their own backyard.