She’sÂ not news, and the homeschooling of their children ended some time ago, but while I was working on the previous post, I ‘spontaneously’Â thought about Penny BarkerÂ whileÂ mulling overÂ the timeÂ that has passedÂ since the signing of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.Â Penny was one of the first Home Education Magazine columnists who influenced me.
Just for a lark, I searched for her name, and voila.
An Ohio Resident Farm Summer Camp for Children Who Love Animals
Britt, the oldest Barker offspring, from the beginning took a lead in every aspect of the life of the farm. While the horses were her special interest, her knowledge of all things domestic made her Pennyâ€™s valued colleague in the kitchen and garden. Brittâ€™s vocations, when not at the farm, are writing, painting and piano performance. She is married to Shaun, who apprenticed at the farm for four years.
Maggie has a lifetime of experience in working on the farm and with children. As a young child she began with a small flock of sheep. She trained Border Collies as sheepdogs which sparked an interest in dogsledding. During the ’90s she raced her Alaskan Huskies along the US-Canadian border. Simultaneously, she and her brothers became wilderness guides and for eight years ran canoe and mountaineering expeditions in the northern and western states. Maggie sold her kennel in 1998 and took up naturalist sculpting. She spent two years at the Florence Academy of Art and in Carrara, Italy studying marble sculpture. Her work with animals is currently with service and stock dogs. She and her husband, Fabricio, a chemist, currently reside at the farm.
Dan, at age nine, cared for the poultry, raising bantams and layers. Along the way he developed an interest in the cello and, ran dog teams and was a wilderness guide in the 90s. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Sacramento State University. When Dan is not assisting with the summer farm program, he lives in Sacramento, has a cello studio in Davis, and performs with various California and Nevada orchestras.
Jonah, the youngest Barker, is very much a child-of-the-summer-farm-experience and, in fact, was literally carried around by visitors as a baby. Jonah became skilled in every aspect of the farm and program. His technical know-how in the workshop as well as at the computer makes him the one to whom everyone turns for answers. When not at the farm, Jonah resides in Columbus.
What a beautiful picture at the web site.
After reading so many ‘thou shalt not’ admonitions in articles about homeschooling, just looking at the Barkers’ web site refreshes me.Â I’ve endedÂ my workday on a positive note.
Thanks again, Penny.