Add together a miniature horse named Beauty, a wagon full of freshly harvested organic veggies, and students from the Transitions Program ready to sell, and what do you get? A recipe for a dream come true, at least that’s what Tara Harvan, Glade Run’s Transitions Coordinator, called the Farmer’s Market last Friday, and we couldn’t have agreed more. “It’s awesome”, added the Transitions Coach, Bethany Slater, “the kids are able to practice so many job skills: greeting people, reading from the price list, counting back change, bagging, the list goes on!”
The traveling Farmer’s Market hasn’t made an appearance on campus for quite some time and Adventures staff was excited to get the literal wheels rolling again. “My favorite part”, said Carey Bailey, Animal Program Specialist, “is watching the magic that Beauty brings out in people. She just makes people smile and I know she likes pulling the cart because she’s so well behaved. I think she knows it’s an important job”.
Personally, I believe that seeing so many elements come together is the magic. Every staff member that the group encountered was excited to support the students, had an opportunity to run their hands across Beauty’s back, and walked away with some home grown veggies which supported the Adventures Program. Where else can this type of dream come true other than Glade Run?
Next week’s dream come true: the addition of serving senior citizens. After the on-campus market, we plan to take the troupe across the street to Passavant Retirement Community; it’s a good thing we never stop dreaming!
Glade Run Adventures provides personalized experiences in nature, including horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, animal care classes, gardening classes, farm to table cooking experiences and nature themed arts and crafts. These activities are prefect for families, school groups, home schoolers, girl and boy scout troops, youth groups and parties.
Glade Run Adventures is conveniently located north of Pittsburgh in Zelienople, just minutes from route 79 and Cranberry Township.