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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Local B&B recognized for green practices

From an article article by Casandra Colson in the Jackson County Chronicle:

Living “green” always has been a way of life for Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast owners Chris and Sherry Hardie.

“That type of lifestyle was automatic,” Sherry said. “It wasn’t anything we strived for — it was the way we were raised.”

The Hardies, who each grew up on a dairy farm, now make sure Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast guests get a taste of what it’s like to live sustainable lifestyles during their stays at the couple’s rural Taylor getaway destination.

Brambleberry was named one of Wisconsin’s Eco-Elegant B&Bs by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism last year, and it’s also one of the state’s certified Travel Green destinations since 2008.

Travel Green Wisconsin businesses need to score at least 30 points in the certification process to receive the designation. Branbleberry scored 71.

“That’s a really good score and shows their support for sustainability,” said Shelly Allness, Travel Green Wisconsin program manager.

The Hardies were chosen to have the fifth-top eco-elegant inn, largely because of their commitment to growing and using homegrown produce for guest meals. They make homemade blackberry wine, use fresh herbs, serve homegrown pork and eggs and also make and serve homemade maple syrup.

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