For two weeks, Chris Fesko of Borodino, slept in a barn to film the birth of a horse. She has filmed the birth of calves and lambs. Butterflies and bluebirds first flutters intrigue her. All are captured in her latest DVD, "Babies and Birth on the Farm."
Ten years in the making and ninth in her series of "On the Farm" videos showing life at Fesko Farms, "Babies and Birth on the Farm" is the culmination of her effort to inform, entertain and educate viewers. It shows mother horse nibbling at her baby encouraging the newcomer to stand, a process that may take an hour; mother cow licking her calf after giving birth -within 20 minutes the little one is standing; as for baby lamb, it takes just 12 minutes after birth for it to stand up and nurse.
"It is the best part of farming - birth. It is the future," Fesko says. "This video is suitable for children as young as three. The biggest market for the series is the car seat. With a DVD player in your car your child can take a ride in the country every day."
Fesko was raised on a farm and she and her husband, Rick and family, operate Fesko Farms on Route 41, 11 miles south of Skaneateles on the east side of Skaneateles Lake. The Discovery Center, a barn on the property, is a natural outgrowth of her desire to acquaint young and old with farm life. Within the past week school groups from Owasco Elementary and Huntington and Danforth schools in Syracuse have traveled to the center. For some it is their first glimpse of the lush countryside, lake, animals and crops. Danforth students are well acquainted with Fesko. She visits them at their school on the city's near west side; they bus to the farm. "They consider Fesko Farm theirs," she says.