Welcome to Part 7 (of 10) of Roaming the Red Hills, which originally aired on the April 14 episode of WFSU’s Local Routes. Through ten 3-minute videos, we’ll explore the natural soul of the Red Hills of Florida and Georgia, from the pine uplands down to its rivers, lakes, and farms. Thanks to Tracy Horenbein for creating original compositions for this video series. The series is narrated by Jim McMurtry.
Funding for Roaming the Red Hills was provided by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
I’m walking on a cow pasture after the rain, and the mud is sometimes hard to distinguish from the cow-pies. My production assistant, Brian, and I set the tripod. When we look up, a couple of hundred cows are all staring at us. Murmurations of birds make their way through the cows and into an adjacent field. A misty sunrise unfolds behind the feed tower at Buddha Belly Dairy in Quitman Georgia.
Buddha Belly was once Green Hill Dairy, where Al and Desiree Wehner started what would become Sweetgrass Dairy (Buddha Belly is now owned by their son Clay). The milk produced by these grass-fed cows will be made into cheese in Thomasville and sold locally or in any of 38 states where Sweetgrass cheeses are shipped. Continue reading