Diane Prather: From Pipi’s Pasture

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From Pipi's Pasture

Welcome to “From Pipi’s Pasture.” It’s a brand new look for my agriculture and livestock stories. The name comes from a real live cow named “Pipi” that lives in the little pasture next to the cottage office where I do lots of my writing.

Pipi is an older black and brown cow with a white face and speckled nose. Her ears are short because their tips froze one cold spring night when she was a calf.

Perhaps it’s the ears that cause Pipi to be somewhat grumpy looking. However, grumpy is really not the case.

The drawing of Pipi was done by my brother, Duane Osborn of Hamilton.

This very first “From Pipi’s Pasture” features a story about the Moffat County Cattlewomen and a brand new promotional project.

Awhile back, the Cattlewomen designed a traveling brand wall to display area cattle brands. The brand wall “travels” to various business locations throughout the year where it’s put on display.

Now the Cattlewomen have come up with a traveling bookcase stocked with agriculturally-related books for elementary-age children. The books are both fiction and nonfiction.

The bookcase, shaped like a barn, was designed by the Cattlewomen and constructed by Mountain View Furniture of rural Craig.

According to Cattlewoman and project chairman Ramona Green, the bookcase is about three feet wide and a little taller. It has a roof at the top with a hay loft display shelf beneath.

There are two shelves, with doors, below that. A stuffed black cow sits next to books on the display shelf, and the other shelves are stocked with a variety of books selected for children of four to eleven years-of-age.

The bookcase will be placed at various locations, such as elementary schools, where children can access the books. Presently the bookcase can be found in the Children’s Room at the Moffat County Library, until the end of October.

Children can use the books in the library.

Green said that the purpose of the traveling bookcase is “to get more agriculture information out to young people.”

The Colorado State Cattlewomen donated books for the bookcase. Tri-State Equipment of Craig gave the Cattlewomen some books about John Deere tractors, and the Moffat County Farm Bureau donated two hundred dollars to use in buying books.

Green said that Downtown Books helped compile a list of books with agriculture storylines.

Examples of some of the book titles include “From Seed to Plant”, “Cowboy Camp”, “A Young Shepherd”, “Fantastic Farm Machines” and “B is for Buckaroo.”

The bookcase was also used during the Moffat County Fair when the Cattlewomen hosted a story reading time. Volunteers read books from the bookcase to story time attendees. Reading to the kids were Moffat County High School FFA members, Fair Queens, Chuck Grobe, and Sue Walsh.

If you would like to learn more about the traveling bookcase or would like to donate books, please call Ramona Green at 824-9269 or Kacey Green at 826-0738.

This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture”ends with an announcement from the Moffat County Extension Office. They would like 4-H members and their families to know that this year’s 4-H Achievement Night, originally scheduled for Nov. 7, has been changed to Nov. 14.

The event will begin at 6:30 P.M. at the Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Copyright Diane Prather 2012

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