Animal and Sustainability Update: Meet Bethany!

Hey y’all!

I am Bethany from the animal and sustainability department.  I started working here at Onsite in April of this year.  I care for all of the animals and look after the garden.  I also take care of the recycling and composting.

One of my favorite things I get to do is assist Dede during our Equine Therapy sessions.  I love witnessing how big of an impact a horse can have on a person from just simply grooming the horse.  It’s amazing to see the horses connect with each client.

Horse Talk 101: I just wanted to let everyone know a little bit about our horse herd and the dynamics of it.  Horse herds are like our relationships in our families.

  • Tookie is the “ALPHA” gelding (“fixed” male horse) in our herd. Sometimes it’s like our parent’s roll.  He looks out for the herd and is always alert to his surroundings.  He also keeps everyone in check and in line.
  • Next is Waylon. He is barely above Hank in the pecking order.  He’s not bossy, but if other horses come near him while he’s eating then he’ll pin his ears back, warn them, and tell them he’s not sharing his breakfast.  He is kind of like the eldest sibling in a family of multiple children.
  • Hank is closely behind Waylon. Hank won’t let Angel, Secret, or Surprise eat out of his feed bowl, but he will walk off if Tookie or Waylon walk up.  He would be like the middle child in the family.
  • Angel, yes sweet little Angel, is under Hank and above Secret and Surprise. She is sassy when she feels the need to be but also oh so sweet when she chooses to be.
  • Secret is the bottom of the totem pole. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because sometimes she is above Surprise.
  • Surprise is what I call a “floater” horse. She runs her own show and mainly goes with the flow.  She’s kind of like the out of town cousin that flies into town, and she can talk your parents into eating brownies at 11 o’clock at night.  She is never above Tookie though.  I believe she’s this way, because she is the baby of the group and is still learning where she fits in the herd.

I think that’s enough about the horses… (I could go on for days and days about them.)

Our garden is thriving right now.  We have tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, and sweet corn.  Also, our sunflowers vary from 4-10 feet tall!!!

Recycling is also going well.  I wanted to thank all of you for putting forth the extra effort to putting the recyclables in our bins at Milestones, Admin. Office, Drouillard House, and our carriage house.

Composting is coming along too.  I am still working on sifting it more often, but I can’t wait to use it on next year’s garden.

Here is a squash casserole recipe for everyone who loves squash like me!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs veg. oil
  • 6 medium size squash(thinly sliced)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion(thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • ½ c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar
  • ½ c sour cream
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 sleeve of crackers, crushed medium to fine(recommended Ritz)

Directions:

1.Preheat oven: 350 degrees F

2.Grease 2 qt casserole dish(you can use either butter or Pam)

3.Heat veg. oil in skillet over medium heat

4.Sauté the squash, onion, & butter until all are soft

5.Transfer to a bowl & stir in the parmesan, cheddar, & sour cream

6.Add salt & pepper to taste

7.Place in the casserole dish & sprinkle the fine cracker crumbs evenly over the top

8.Bake 20 minutes or until top is golden and bubbly

9.Take out of the oven and let sit for 5 minutes & then ENJOY!