Enjoy a summer evening at the base of Mt. Adams at the bucolic Mountain Meadows Dairy in Trout Lake Valley, one of Washington’s first organic dairies. We’ll meet the Schmid family and the dairy cows supplying 20-30 percent of organic milk to the Portland and Vancouver markets. We’ll stop by the farm museum to see pioneer artifacts and photographs collected by the family for five generations, and enjoy views of the White Salmon River running through the valley. Land Trust executive director Glenn Lamb will share the story of a conservation easement that ensured the farmland would remain undeveloped. As the sun sets, we’ll switch gears to enjoy the dark rural skies and stargaze with local astronomer Jim White. He’ll share telescope views of Venus and Jupiter in the western sky and Mars and Saturn to the southwest. As we gaze, we’ll enjoy a farm-style dinner, including milk from the farm.
EASY – Minimal hiking, short farm walks. Exposure to livestock.
All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 4:00 p.m and returns at approximately 11:00 p.m.
Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1-2 weeks prior to the tour date.