Appreciating and raising awareness for the preservation of the Kincaidís Lupine, an endangered species of wildflower, Mallonee Farms organic dairy will hold the 6th annual Lupine Pasture Walk on their family farm in Curtis, Wash., on June 16 beginning at 11 a.m. At this free public event, visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and see Washingtonís largest grouping of endangered Kincaidís Lupine while learning how this species of wildflower has made an unforeseen resurgence over the last decade.
The Mallonee family, members of the farmer-owned Organic Valley cooperative, has partnered with the State of Washington to sustainably manage and preserve the pastures where the Lupine thrives. Located 40 miles south of Olympia in Lewis County, the Mallonee Farmsí pastures are home to the largest concentration of rare Kincaidís Lupine in the state of Washington. The untouched, high-quality soil on Malloneeís land provides an ideal environment for this scarce wildflower. What few people realize is that preserving the Lupine also protects the equally endangered Fenderís Blue Butterfly, which is now also prominent on the grounds of Mallonee Farms. For this reason, the state of Washington has declared Mallonee Farms a critical habitat.
This educational event is kid-friendly and perfect for families, wildflower aficionados and cyclists alike. Attendees can observe fields of this delicate plant in its natural habitat, surrounded by other rare blooming wildflowers, discover how a commitment to sustainable pasture management has helped the Mallonees reduce the carbon footprint of their organic dairy operation, and get the real dirt on what makes organic farms thrive Ė healthy soil!
Managed by John, Mary and Maynard Mallonee, Mallonee Farms runs much like it did when Maynardís great-grandparents first settled in Curtis. The Mallonees have not plowed the ground in over 20 years and continue to steer clear of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This family farm is currently run by three generations of Mallonees: Maynard and his wife Kim, their three children, and Maynardís parents. With about 60 milking cows on their lush land, Mallonee Farms has been a proud owner of Organic Valley since 2004, and their commitment to sustainable pasture management has considerably reduced the carbon footprint of their organic dairy operation.
Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is Americaís largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nationís leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,687 farmers in 35 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $715 million in 2011 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop, www.organicprairie.coop and the cooperativeís farmer website, www.farmers.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.