Aspen Moon Farm
Arriving in Hygiene in 2009, Jason Griffith and Erin Dreistadt quickly turned Aspen Moon Farm into a cornerstone of their community centered around the tiny town of Hygiene. On 26 acres that are certified both USDA Organic and Demeter Biodynamic, they keep bees, chickens and cows, and grow a huge variety of exquisite crops. As a biodynamic farm, Jason and Erin must ensure that the fertility of their soils is replenished from the farm itself. To that end, they use cover crops, a careful rotation of plantings and their own compost. Jason is particular about his compost: every leaf and shoot, husk and stem, heading for the heap is carefully considered. His compost pile is more meticulously composed than most people's dinner plates! But Aspen Moon crops speak for themselves… Two greenhouses ensure a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes and peppers, and a growing berry patch provides much sought-after raspberries and strawberries. Locals stop by Aspen Moon's farm stand to pick up seasonal produce, just-picked berries or bouquets of flowers. The farm also houses apprentices and hosts workshops in biodynamic agriculture, educational farm tours, and—lucky for us—farm dinners.