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Life on the farm at Primrose

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  • Primrose Farm's Brett Garrett, left, director of development, and Justin Sikora, agricultural interpreter, take the cows out after milking Wednesday at the farm in St. Charles. The living history farm offers tours and hands-on activities about life on a mid-20th-century dairy farm.

       Primrose Farm's Brett Garrett, left, director of development, and Justin Sikora, agricultural interpreter, take the cows out after milking Wednesday at the farm in St. Charles. The living history farm offers tours and hands-on activities about life on a mid-20th-century dairy farm.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Maddox Epstein, 2 of Atlanta peeks into a hen's nest before grabbing an egg during the chicken and egg demo Wednesday at Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Justin Sikora, agricultural interpreter at Primrose Farm, guided Maddox and his grandmother Jane Pickle of St. Charles on the tour.

       Maddox Epstein, 2 of Atlanta peeks into a hen's nest before grabbing an egg during the chicken and egg demo Wednesday at Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Justin Sikora, agricultural interpreter at Primrose Farm, guided Maddox and his grandmother Jane Pickle of St. Charles on the tour.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
By Brooke Herbert Hayes
bhayes@dailyherald.com

Several families ventured to Primrose Farm in St. Charles Wednesday to take a tour, see the animals and gather their own eggs from the henhouse.

Primrose Farm, on the northwest edge of the city, is a living history farm, complete with working dairy cattle, horses and goats.

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Kirk Bunke, the farm manager and historic preservationist, says he enjoys implementing programs that teach area residents about what life was like on working dairy farms in the 1930s Fox River Valley.

Jane and Jim Pickle of St. Charles have brought each of their six grandchildren to Primrose Farm for the "unique and hands-on experience" it provides.

On Wednesday they had their 2-year old grandson Maddox, and their daughter, Jamie Pickle Epstein, with them to Primrose Farm.

Jamie and Maddox live in Atlanta, and Maddox laughed nervously as he reached into a hen's nest to grab an egg for his carton.

"He's from the city, so this is all so new for him," his grandmother said.

Primrose Farm is open year-round and offers several drop-in programs during the summer.

For more information, visit primrosefarmpark.com.

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