Lady Landowners assemble for tour

Article courtesy of the Suntimes News, Ste. Genevieve, MO

October 25, 2012

Lady Landowners assemble for tour

STE. GENEVIEVE — Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois and Iron Counties and Water Conservation Districts hosted Lady Landowners Tour Tuesday.

There were over 250 ladies in attendance.

The day started at Weingarten Vineyard and Winery where Connie and Randy Hamann, owners welcomed the ladies to the venue.

Coleen Meredith, Director for the Soil and Water Conservation Program spoke briefly on “Women’s Roles in Conservation” followed by guest speaker, Rob Morrow, NRCS District Conservationist speaking on Hispanic and Women Farmers Claiming Discrimination.

As the day got underway, the ladies boarded three buses traveling to Baetje Farms where owner, Steve Baetje explained how they produce goat cheese, care for their herd and had the opportunity to sample some of their award winning cheeses.

Baetje Farms, LLC is a seasonal artisan goat cheese dairy that produces their cheeses March through November. Their products are sold at many stores, restaurants, and farmers markets in the St. Louis area and at retail shops around Ste. Genevieve.

The tour continued on the road to Earthworks where Andy Haertling spoke about their operation and the ladies toured the facility. They had the opportunity to see how Earthworks specializes in top-notch precision and innovation in cut stone products, paying attention to the finishing treatments of honing, sandblasting, and polishing the stone. Some of the products and displays viewed were masonry and building products, special cut stone, landscaping products, pavers, retaining walls, outdoor living areas, and indoor stone accents.

Lunch time soon approached as the ladies were bused back to Weingarten Vineyard and Winery for a chicken buffet with the trimmings and cobbler for dessert.


The ladies were amused by David Fiedler, the author of “The Enemy Among Us”, which spoke on the prisoner of war camp located in Weingarten years ago.

Carolyn Miller hosted a seminar on “Nostalgia Vintage Apparel” and Deuce Denninger music was the entertainment through the afternoon and attendance prizes ended the program.

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