Our April meeting, a visit to the Soil Makers facility in Delta, met everyone's expectations. Julie Hilton (a correction of her last name from the April article -- it will not be Stransky until next September) gave an informative presentation on the background of this company -- whose product is sold under the name of Maxfields -- and the operation in Delta which has just begun retail sales at their warehouse at 215 Spring Street.
After great snacks and goodies provided by Hilton and club member Barbara Rhoads, members were given a tour of the production area. We observed many separate bins filled with natural ingredients such as coconut fiber, worm droppings, compost and many other natural ingredients, all of which go into the three products (soil conditioner, potting soil and planting soil) that are carefully formulated for their specific uses. Many of our members took home these products for use in their own gardens. And many purchased honey, which is also for sale at this site. We also took home an appreciation of what this company is trying to accomplish with its products made from all natural ingredients which enhance the soil and our ability to grow healthy vegetables for our tables, and bigger and better flowers for our enjoyment.
Tuesday, May 9, is the scheduled date for cleanup and planting of the flower bed outside the west entrance of the Welcome Center at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge. The garden drew many compliments last year and we are hoping that it will be enjoyed by all who visit this facility again this year. Members will also be planting pots in the courtyard at Horizons Care Center. These two projects allow the club to give back to our community and its citizens through our knowledge of gardening.
The May meeting will be at Pioneer Town and includes a tour of the arboretum. It will be fun and informative as well.
If you would like further information about The Plant & Dig Garden Club and our goals of learning, friendship, scholarship and community service, call 856-7077 or 856-3897.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.