Dates & Locations – July 24: Still Point Farm (Brooklyn, WI — 30 minutes south of Madison); 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Speakers: Jen Lynch,
Key topics: Value-added food enterprises (mobile pizza, preserves, soap-making), Passive solar greenhouse (winter salad greens), Cut flowers
Description: Harvest inspiration to launch a value-added, food based business with an up close and personal day with Jen Lynch of LaFortuna Pizza (a mobile wood-fired pizza business) and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld of Quince & Apple (small batch preserves) as they share their tips and advice. Jen will demonstrate how a wood-fired oven operates along with starter ideas to build your own. Lunch will feature LaFortuna Pizza with Quince & Apple toppings. The workshop will take place on Still Point Farm south of Madison, owned and operated by Jen’s parents, Larry and Pamela Johnson. In addition to the value-added and business planning side, the farm tour will include an overview of the Johnsons’ cut flower and passive solar greenhouse where they will be growing winter salad greens.
August 17: Moonstone Farm (Montevideo, MN); 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Farm Host & Speaker: Audrey Arner, Moonstone Farm
Key topics: Livestock/grass-fed meat operations; controlled grazing, Agritourism/B&B, Land stewardship, edible landscaping
Description: Join pioneering organic farmer and activist, Audrey Arner of Moonstone Farm in west-Central Minnesota, and spend a day delving into a diversity of on-farm business ventures and practices, including grass-fed meat and controlled grazing, agritourism (B&B), land stewardship practices and edible landscaping. Additionally, Audrey showcases the important role organic farmers can play in leading and championing this movement by serving various grassroots organizations. Farming with her husband, Richard Handeen, their 240-acre operation continues the Handeen family farming tradition that started on this land in 1872.
August 21: Elsewhere Farm (Herbster, WI — Bayfield/Ashland Area); 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Farm Host & Speaker: Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm
Key topics: Permaculture, Perennial fruits & nuts,• Winter greenhouses & hoophouses, CSA,