|Brie with Angie|
Wakeman Town Farm's Rescue Chicken
It's been a wild ride since it all began. Summer started so well. My son had an internship at Wakeman Town Farm, under the leadership of Mike Aitkenhead, renowned Staples High School teacher and steward of the Farm.
Brie and I attended gardening workshops there regularly. Then came the day that my son arrived home, crestfallen, saying that "Mr. A" was leaving Wakeman Farm, and that he was under the impression that Mike was fired.
What followed thereafter was a flurry of press, articles that illuminated what went down and inflamed a town-wide cry for transparency. At the end of the season, the Aitkenhead family was forced to leave their home, the farmhouse in which they lived and cared for. And we all felt the sting of loss.
|Mike & Carrie Aitkenhead in a fun|
twist of the classic "American Gothic"
Among our fundraisers is this Sunday's Pancake Breakfast, which has been promoted in every town newspaper and blog, from Westport Now, to Westport News, 06880, the Daily Westport, the Westport Patch, and CT Bites.
|Angie with Friends|
Angie was attacked by a predator (we think it was a fox), and was cowering in a corner when we found her, the day before Hurricane Irene. Brie tells the story best in her blog, so please take a moment to read her accounting of the tale in Lit'l Crazy Chickz.
I'm happy to report that our rescue chicken is recovering, growing stronger each day and her feathers are filling back in. We have served as Angie's foster parents, and she will be traveling to her forever home tomorrow, to live with an older hen who needs a companion.
All's well that ends well, as the saying goes.
And I hope that my kids have learned a valuable life lesson through this experience: If you love something, fight for it.