The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered early on our meeting day last month for our excursion to the Milk & Honey Homestead. This unique operation, owned by Tammi Boggan, features the sale of non-pasteurized milk.
Tammi spent a great deal of time explaining her operation, introducing us to her three milking cows (two Holstein and one Brown Swiss), showing us the spotless milking area, explaining all that she does to insure that it is the cleanest environment possible for this process. She shared information on how her cows are fed, the rotation of the five pastures used for grazing to ensure that they have sufficient nutrition to produce the huge quantities of milk that they give each day.
Tammi also explained how raw milk contains many enzymes that the pasteurization process destroys and how beneficial these are to individuals who suffer from allergies, digestive problems and diabetes. Those with lactose intolerance can digest milk from the Brown Swiss cow, whose milk does not contain a certain ingredient that causes this condition. We found all this information fascinating and useful.
Tammi's little farm gives her self-sufficiency in every aspect. There are -- besides her beautiful milk cows -- pigs, chickens and a butcher steer providing home-grown protein, as well as an extensive vegetable garden which receives the benefit of cow manure and excess skim milk mixed into the soil to ensure a bountiful harvest of organic veggies. There is also an orchard which provides fresh fruit.
If you would like to learn more about obtaining raw milk shares, you may visit Tammi's web site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After our informative trip to the farm, club members headed to Remington's restaurant for a lovely luncheon, then were off to visit the Montrose Botanic Garden. Some of us were wondering just what we might see after the early frosts of the week prior. But as we started through the pathways our doubts were soon replaced with voices popping up saying, "Oh, look at the mums still blooming" and "Come and look at these grasses -- they are gorgeous!" Then another voice along the path calling, "Look at these ground covers -- they are stunning!" And truly, the garden was beautiful in its fall colors, with seed pods, grass plumes and ground covers creating a mosaic of fall splendor. Our time there was well spent. It was a fitting end to a fabulous day.
The garden at Pioneer Town is set for the winter. The pots at Horizons, blooming until just a short time ago, will soon also be cleaned and prepared for next spring. And each member can now focus on preparing our own gardens for the upcoming change of season.
The November program for the club will once again be provided by expertise within our club. Barb Klein will guide us in the making of wreaths built from nature's resources. These will be reminders of the bounty that our gardens and nature have provided during this past growing season, bringing back good memories for us to cherish through the winter months.
We continue to explore new avenues of gardening and related subjects, learning along the way, laughing with each other, enjoying new experiences and old friendships, and hoping to make new friends.
We invite you to join us in these endeavors. Our club meets every third Friday, Please call 856-7077 or 856-3897 for further information.