Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"The Sustain Dane Train....."

A few weeks ago, Don and I went on a day trip/tour sponsored by "Sustain Dane", an organization which promotes Dane and surrounding counties local agriculture....basically the motto is "buy local".
The "Eco Tour", as it was called, was a train ride from Madison to Spring Green, WI, where we would then board buses to tour 4 local businesses. It is 37 miles from Madison to Spring Green, and due to the condition of the railroad tracks (and an inforced speed limit), the trip took us 2 1/2 hours. Although long, the trip was pleasant. It was interesting to see the city/surrounding area from this point of view.....MUCH different than from a car. We also saw wildlife (deer and flocks of cranes), plus Don, Mr. Shyness himself, saw many people he knew, so was able to "catch up". :)
To our delight, we saw Barb and Geoff while standing in line to board the train. We had no idea that they, too, had decided to take the Eco Tour. To make things even better, they were assigned to the same bus that we had been. :) Here is Barb, making her social rounds........
Here are Don and Barb inside the greenhouse at Cedar Grove Cheese Factory. In a very simple and unscientific explanation, the facility has created a water purification system, which takes the water from cleaning the trucks and cheese making equipment, pumps it into the "vats" in the greenhouse, where plant roots and micro organisms pull the nutrients from the waste water. This is done in stages, circulating the water from vat #1, then into #2, etc. until the water from the last vat, which is now clean and pure, is allowed to be drained out onto an adjoining field. Simple, yet complicated, eh? :)
A cheese factory with a sense of humor, eh? :)
Snack time for Barb and Geoff. The cheese factory had samples of cheese and also sold bricks/bags of cheese. Although Geoff longed for a cup of coffee, he had to "settle" for cheese.......

2 comments:

Barb said...

Oooh, you finally got to the train ride! It was a real pleasure to revisit the day through your story. Nice pictures! :-)

s.j.simon said...

did you know how cheese was invented? It wasnt necessity, it was an accident, read this