A tree nursery and the (almost) cheese factory
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We were talking today with Andy, the co-owner of the Black Sheep Inn. He was telling us about the local highschool´s senior project. The students are raising 150+ trees for a reforestation project. Then he asked if we wanted to help. With our background´s how could we refuse?
The project for today was to build the tree nursery. We built the nursery at the local landfill/recycling center. The landfill is surprisingly small; a good portion of the trash is sorted for recycling or composting. The tree nursery will be using some of this compost. Rachel and I were tasked with repairing the black shade cloth that was draped over the planting area. The shade cloth had been ripped, possibly by local kids. We patched the cloth with twine and needles made of bailing wire.
After finishing our patch job, Rachel and I decided to go hiking and leave the planting to the highschool kids. We hiked along the road up into the mountains. Our goal was the local cheese factory, which was founded by a Swiss group but is now locally-operated. Along the way we saw a lot of farms and animals. Sheep and cows were tethered along the road to "mow" the shoulders. After nearly two hours of hiking, we had climbed to about 10,800ft. It started to get very foggy and cold. By this point it was 1pm and since we´d heard the cheese factory closes at 11:30, we decided to return to the Black Sheep Inn.