GAMBIER — It’s one of the more unusual courses at Kenyon College. Its also popular, with students getting on waiting lists to get in.
This course doesn’t involve sitting in a lecture hall listening to a professor. Instead, the students go out to a local farm for five hours each week and do whatever work is going on at that time. It may be baling hay, feeding livestock, harvesting crops, planting cover crops or, in the case of the students at the Dharma Farm on Horn Road Tuesday, inspecting sheep for worms or other parasites, trimming hooves and administering worm medicine as needed.
The students also have related reading assignments and discuss them and their experience on the farm each week with a professor.
Tuesday morning, farm owners Kate and Eric Helt were inspecting their 95 sheep for parasites and trimming hooves as needed. The Kenyon students were helping them herd the sheep into a waiting pen and directing them into a chute leading to a device that clamps around their bodies and allows them to be flipped onto their sides. Immobilized, their hooves can be quickly trimmed and the feet checked for any injuries or infections.
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