Withany Lemke likes the programs offered at Tiger Lily Farm, has some for a couple of years now, so the Qualicum Beach mom figures it’s time to give a little something back.
“Tiger Lily Farm has been a source of joy and education to many local as well as tourist children,” she said. “The benefits of exploring nature, experiencing the life cycle and learning how food is produced is invaluable. Tiger Lily Farm provides a hands-on learning environment that allows the children to interact with animals in a meaningful, safe and gentle way.”
To show her appreciation for what she and her children have learned from Tiger Lily, Lemke is organizing a special Family Work Day at the Errington farm on June 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m..
“We are having a work bee and trying to have families who are already involved with Tiger Lily,” she said. “There are lots of families who go there and they want to give back. It’s a way for kids to have meaningful, hands-on work at the farm.”
Lemke said the main project for the parents will be the construction of a shelter for the ponies at the pony ride ring, so they have more shelter on sunny days. However, she said there will be no shortage of work for the younger set.
“There’s moving hay, scrubbing fences and generally beautifying the barn yard,” she said.
Lemke said local businesses are encouraged to get involved also.
“Donations of various kinds will help to make this day a great success,” she said. “Ascent Helicopters Ltd. of Qualicum Beach and Scott Signs of Parksville were the first to contribute.”
The day will include a simple barbecue, provided by the Mercer family, and families are encouraged to register their participation by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.