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Dairy in the Desert..

September 15, 2015 No Comments 8

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and sold their milk to the larger distribution companies. However, a few years ago, the dairy’s owner, Kevin Danzeisen, decided the company needed a change in direction. Danzeisen Dairy “We weren’t going to make it as a farm if we kept doing things the same way,” Kevin said. Then an idea took root. Why not start selling his cow’s milk to the local community? The idea germinated as Kevin began to think about his neighbors. They saw his cows every day but were buying milk from the store with no knowledge of where it came from or the process by which it was farmed. “I never understood why people didn’t like milk,” he said, “until I realized that they weren’t drinking the same milk that I had drunk my whole life.” From the time of Kevin’s epiphany, it took two full years before the small dairy was able to fill their first bottle for sale. While the business gained new walls and bought new machinery, the Danzeisen family worked closely with their dairy group to develop the crowd-pleasing flavors they offer today; in addition to the standard white milks, the dairy offers a variety of flavors including chocolate, strawberry, Arizona orange, mocha, root beer, and eggnog. Kevin’s personal favorite is the chocolate milk. dairy-2 “To me, if you don’t have a good chocolate milk, you don’t have good milk,” he said. The chocolate milk is delicious, as are all of the other flavors....

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and sold their milk to the larger distribution companies. However, a few years ago, the dairy’s owner, Kevin Danzeisen, decided the company needed a change in direction. Danzeisen Dairy “We weren’t going to make it as a farm if we kept doing things the same way,” Kevin said. Then an idea took root. Why not start selling his cow’s milk to the local community? The idea germinated as Kevin began to think about his neighbors. They saw his cows every day but were buying milk from the store with no knowledge of where it came from or the process by which it was farmed. “I never understood why people didn’t like milk,” he said, “until I realized that they weren’t drinking the same milk that I had drunk my whole life.” From the time of Kevin’s epiphany, it took two full years before the small dairy was able...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and sold their milk to the larger distribution companies. However, a few years ago, the dairy’s owner, Kevin Danzeisen, decided the company needed a change in direction. Danzeisen Dairy “We weren’t going to make it as a farm if we kept doing things the same...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans,...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and sold their milk to the larger distribution companies. However, a few years ago, the dairy’s owner, Kevin Danzeisen, decided the company needed a change in direction. Danzeisen Dairy “We weren’t going to make it as a farm if we kept doing things the same...

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Discovering Treasures 4 Teachers..

July 20, 2015 No Comments 3

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had been her dream to start an organization similar to the Resource Area for Teaching when she moved to Arizona and found the educational system without much-needed supplies. She started collecting items in her garage to distribute to classrooms she worked with but after a six-month battle with valley fever she found herself without a job. After much contemplation, Barbara decided to take the advice of her husband and finally make her dream a reality. In 2005, she started Treasures 4 Teachers. Treasures(13of27) Treasures 4 Teachers is a store that provides school supplies to teachers at little or no cost. The store overflows with donations from various businesses and individuals throughout metro Phoenix. At first glance, the store seems to be a collection of unwanted goods – bags full of plastic beans, stacks of dull containers, bins full of scrap canvases, and an additional 12,000 square feet of similar trinkets. It is obvious what the organization wants to do, but how does all this stuff work in the classroom? With Barbara’s insight, the items magically transform from plastic beans to a rain stick, from dull containers to cubby boxes, from scrap canvases to painted murals. “Many...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had been her dream to start an organization similar to the Resource Area for Teaching when she moved to Arizona and found the educational system without much-needed supplies. She started collecting items in her garage to distribute to classrooms she worked with but after a six-month battle with valley fever she found herself without a job. After much contemplation, Barbara decided to take the advice of her husband and finally make her dream a reality. In 2005, she started Treasures 4 Teachers. Treasures(13of27) Treasures 4 Teachers is a store that provides school supplies to teachers...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had...

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Hiking in South Phoenix..

November 6, 2014 No Comments 5

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of my favorite spots in the South Mountain Preserve. Mormon Trail is one of my favorite places to take friends and family because I can adjust the distance to match their preferences. The trail can be seen from the south end of 24th Street, just before the merge with East Valley View Drive. Do not let the overflowing parking lot deter you from visiting; this trail’s population is significantly less compared to Awhatukee’s trails. To find the best parking place, I recommend parking on Euclid Avenue, which is a short walk northwest of the trailhead. Near the trailhead, there is a ramada that provides shade for a pre-hike stretch or point-of-location if you want to hike with a group. The trail varies between rocky inclines and flat footpaths, as it follows the side of the mountain. I love the fact that the mountainside provides shade for the majority of the hike, as this extends the hiking season for me. The trail is wide enough to allow a couple to hike alongside each other while conversing. There are plenty of places to step aside and relax while letting the occasional biker or horseback rider pass. The trail is also pet-friendly, so feel free to grab a leash and bring Fido along with you. Mormon Trail is 1.25 miles long, with an elevation change of 1,000 feet. The end of this trail marks the beginning of two more, Mormon Loop and National. From this junction you can return the way you came or continue on with the other trails. Whatever option you choose, make sure you carry plenty of water for yourself (and your dog, if applicable). For those looking for higher...

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of my favorite spots in the South Mountain Preserve. Mormon Trail is one of my favorite places to take friends and family because I can adjust the distance to match their preferences. The trail can be seen from the south end of 24th Street, just before the merge with East Valley View Drive. Do not let the overflowing parking lot deter you from visiting; this trail’s population is significantly less compared to Awhatukee’s trails. To find the best parking place, I recommend parking on Euclid Avenue, which is a short walk northwest of the trailhead. Near the trailhead, there is a ramada that provides shade for a pre-hike stretch or point-of-location if you want to hike with a group. The trail varies between rocky inclines and flat footpaths, as it follows the side of the mountain. I love the fact that the mountainside provides shade for the majority of the hike, as this extends the hiking season for me. The trail is wide enough to allow a couple to hike alongside each other while conversing. There are plenty of...

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of my favorite spots in the South Mountain Preserve. Mormon Trail is one of my favorite places to take friends and family because I can adjust the distance to match their preferences. The trail can be seen from the south end of 24th Street, just before the merge with East Valley View Drive. Do not let the overflowing parking lot deter you from visiting; this trail’s population is significantly less compared to Awhatukee’s trails. To find the...

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of my favorite spots in the South Mountain Preserve. Mormon Trail is one of my favorite places to take friends and family because I can adjust the...

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of...

Before you tie up your weekend with commitments, consider tying up the laces on your hiking shoes and enjoying the cooler temperatures at some of my favorite spots in the South Mountain Preserve. Mormon Trail is one of my favorite places to take friends and family because I can adjust the distance to match their preferences. The trail can be seen from the south end of 24th Street, just before the merge with East Valley View Drive. Do not let the overflowing parking lot deter you from visiting; this trail’s population is significantly less compared to Awhatukee’s trails. To find the...

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