Archive: May 2015

  1. GSBG: Moo Cow Dairy

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    Moo Cow Dairy

    moo cow dairy ice cream container

    Moo Cow Dairy ice cream container


    In the early 1900’s when GSBG was still called Brown Bulb Ranch, James Brown (company founder) was looking for the most ideal ways to fertilize the fields where he grew his crops. In an effort to obtain clean weed free manure for fertilizing the bulb fields, James purchased a herd of Guernsey dairy cattle. In doing so he also opened a successful dairy. Milk products including Ice Cream were sold by the ‘Moo Cow Dairy’ from 1919 to 1957. Distribution went as far as Chicago on the Southern Pacific Railroad, with distribution of the famous ice cream in four countries. Locally in the Monterey Bay Area, there were 11 retail ‘soda fountains’ serving Moo Cow Dairy products.

  2. Helping Plant the Capitola Begonia Festival

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    GSBG and the Capitola Begonia Festival

    GSBG will be providing purchasable materials needed to plant begonias at an event put on by the city May 9, 2015 so the community can take part in the Capitola Begonia Festival.

    Facebook Post2Laurie Hill, a member of the Begonia Festival Committee for 14 years stated, “This year the Capitola Begonia Festival hopes to spark a local interest in growing begonias… In August we plan to [have] a Begonia and Window Display contest in Capitola Village.”

    Begonias need to be planted by May to grow to their full potential by the end of the season.  By providing these materials during this event, GSBG is allowing local members of the community to participate in the Window Display contest.

    The event will be held locally at Esplanade Park from 11-3pm.  The materials will cost $10 and will include ideal a begonia tuber, planting soil and container.

    GSBG was founded in the local community over 100 years ago and has played a major role it the Begonia Festival’s creation and continuation.  The blossoms used for the festival are picked from the 13 acres of begonias grown in GSBG’s fields.

    For more information on the Capitola Begonia Festival, visit