Misha Oppenhoff, a Lincoln Academy sophomore from Germany, holding a newborn lamb at Straw’s Farm in Newcastle as senior Olivia Nixon looks on.

The rain last week didn’t keep Lincoln Academy Residential Life students from Armenia, Germany, Spain, the USA, and Vietnam from visiting Straw’s Farm in Newcastle. This is one of many trips organized by the Residential Life program throughout the school year to introduce students from across the globe to the community here in Midcoast Maine.

Students were given a farm tour by six-year-old Isabel Vagtborg. Isabel is farm owner Lee Straw’s granddaughter, and she enthusiastically walked the teens through the pastures to meet the herd of cows, see the piglets, and even cuddle new spring lambs. The group also paid a visit to the farm store on site and learned about the family’s plans to sell its products at the Damariscotta Farmers Market scheduled to open at the end of the month.

“It was really fun,” said Arsen Mikaelyan, an international student from Armenia. “The pigs were really friendly.”

“We got to hold a baby lamb that was just a few hours old,” said Misha Oppenhoff, a student from Germany. “Also we got to pet the cows and see the chickens. I live in a big city at home, so we don’t always get to see animals like this.”

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