Pupils from St Joseph’s School in Stratford with Margaret Dalziel, owner of Dolly’s Milk. Photo/Alyssa Smith
Some Stratford tamariki got a taste of farm life by visiting Dolly’s Milk last week.
First ward pupils at St Joseph’s School in Stratford, their teacher Kay Linders and carers visited the raw milk business on Warwick Rd last Wednesday.
Margaret Dalziel, who owns the business with her husband Peter, says their success is down to their customers.
“We have a lot of loyal customers. We have around 700 customers around Taranaki. We are open 24 hours a day so people can get their milk when they need it.
One such customer is Kay herself, who took the opportunity to get more milk while she was there.
Laney Sheehy (6) was interested in the vending machines and says it is interesting that the raw milk comes from one vending machine, while the other provides the special bottles and cooler bags.
Margaret filled a bottle as she explained how the vending machine worked.
Kay says the students are currently studying agriculture in the area.
“We wanted to visit Dolly’s because there are a lot of differences from a normal farm.”
The students got to see these differences for themselves, with the group heading to classmate Corey Tobeck’s farm after their visit to Dolly’s.
Corey (5) says there are a lot of differences.
“Dolly’s Milk only has 19 cows in its herd while we have 200. We also have chickens, lambs and a tunnel house where we grow seedlings.”
The students learned a lot from these visits, says Kay.
“The tours were also in line with the work we do around the Enviroschools program. We saw Corey’s tunnel house where they grow seedlings, which was interesting because the students grew seedlings at school. They also made beeswax wraps and harvested honey.
Margaret says she has hosted many groups on the farm over the years.
“It’s always wonderful to show people the business and I love taking the school kids out and showing them what we do. I’m passionate about Dolly’s Milk and love showing people something different.”