Farm Outing Fun
By Constance Brissenden, Edmonton
Happy participants at the farm outing
On July 16, thirty-eight SGI members and guests drove to the working farm of member Edith Regier and her husband Wayne Skelton to enjoy the outdoors with Edmonton’s Future Division (ages 6-12) members.
In spite of intermittently wild weather, including lightning, heavy rain and wind, all activities went off as planned. The outdoor potluck barbeque was delicious with foods from a half dozen countries. When the rain came pelting down, everyone piled into the spacious farm house to chant followed by a short introduction to Buddhism for guests.
The rain stopped and both children and adults enjoyed a tractor-pulled ride, expertly driven by Wayne Skelton. For the happy participants, the rain held off until it was time to head back to the Edmonton area, a one-hour drive.
“I had a great time,” said 14-year-old Lasiru, originally from Sri Lanka. The big smile on his face after his first tractor ride said it all. “It was my first time on a farm, and I had a lot of fun.”
For Edith Regier, sharing her farm was a satisfying experience. “This was the second year we did this,” she recalled. “I enjoy seeing everyone and chanting together.”