Yesterday, I went to beautiful Hawthorne Valley Farms. A biodynamic farm that is a huge part of the community. On this site there is a school system from elementary to high school, a store selling local produce and all the farm has to offer, a Creamery and a Bakery. It is everything a girl could ever hope for in life.
When we arrived in the morning we were greeted with some wonderful farm work. Feeding pigs and cleaning cows stalls. It really was not bad at all, easy and quick dirty work. Once we finished there we toured the site.
The cows makeup of majority of the production. without them, the delicate farming cycle would go amiss. They have on average 60 cows and from those cows they receive about 200 gallons of milk a day. The milk is used for all of their creamery products. They have over twenty kinds of cheese, buttermilk, yogurt, and they also sell the milk raw. Another important thing they use from the cows is the manure for fertilizer.
As well the farm has chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, and a scruffy dog named Julie.
They have greenhouses for all of their many varieties of leafy greens and to start the budding of vegetation like beets.
Amongst all of the things I saw and learned at Hawthorne I was truly enraptured by the sense of sustainability and community they have. They have their own CSA for those who live in the area and they support one another. The CSA members support the farm and the farmers uphold producing their members quality vegetables and fruits.
After learning and hiking around the farm we were given a basket of goodies to cook with from the farm. It was an amazing meal and something I hope to be able to do in the future. I even got to forage with one of the farmers! Truly a blissful day.