January 2015

Despite our current cold snap, Celebrity Dairy’s cold season is still more one of mud than of snow. The season’s crisp clear winter skies often gives spectacular lighting to the landscape – here captured in late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day by our cousin Jewel Sauls.

Looking backward, we didn’t plan it, but 2014 was a big year for projects:

  • Most visible change is the twelve acre pond located across the pasture from the barns. You might enjoy a 30 minute stroll around it on your next visit This pond will support the INCUBATOR FARM we hope to create. site analysis It will provide the water for leased areas around the pond to expand the number and types of farm operations we hope to encourage on our land. We started talking about this one 15 years ago.
  • Our neighbors Susan and Howard Anderson have located EAST BRANCH GINGER here at Celebrity Dairy, and are producing and selling ginger seed from tissue culture. They have expanded into MICRO GREENS as well.
  • Our son, John Bonitz has built a facility for screening and mixing his soil amendment, CELEBRITY DIRT in our incubator farm area. The building is built from concrete “eco-blocks” instead of the traditional pole-barn construction.
  • Brit continues making really good goat cheese and other goat milk products including goat milk gelato AND has almost completed a dry-store and composting building for the goat manure management.
  • Cud-Zu Goat Milk Soap moved to its new home at Celebrity Dairy in a special room off the farm office. Over a year ago Fleming assumed the title of Chief-Goat Milk Soap Maker having graduated from Charlie and Margaret Miller’s Cud-Zu Soap Making School. site information . Fleming is continuing the tradition of olive, coconut, palm and castor oils and goat milk to make the mild and long lasting soap Charlie Miller started twenty years ago. steam cloud She has introduced reprocessing of the trimmings and is experimenting with sheep’s milk soaps.

But “quiet ” doesn’t mean we have nothing to do. In fact we are busy making all the repairs and improvements we didn’t have time for all year.

We typically hear from visitors of the changes since their last visit – but since we live here and experience the changes is small increments, we need to be reminded of just how much has happened.