The new word for those committed to locally and sustainably grown food is locavore. There are locavore farmers, locavore entrepreneurs and locavore eaters involved in the high-spirited community of people who want to increase the number of locavore opportunities available nearby.
People in the central Wisconsin community are happily engaged in promoting this vision for a locavore food system because it can substantially reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, promote good health for children and adults, support the local economy overall and and heal local eco-systems.
Join the locavore movement with free farm tours led by local farmers during the 2017 growing season and on farm food activities support the locavore movement.
The first event of the season happens on June 4th and includes brunch at Lonely Oak Farm combined with a tour at Farm Time Out nearby. Most food for the brunch is grown on site using organic farming methods. The cost is $7-9. Some seating is provided, but it’s a good idea to bring lawn chairs and possibly a table just in case.
After brunch that day there’s a tour at Farm Time Out, a father-son, diversified farm. Carl Flaig is converting from conventional farming to an organic dairy and meat operation. Holden Flaig is building an indoor tilapia farming operation that includes growing greens year-round. The Farm Time Out tour is limited in the number of people it can accommodate. Reservations for that tour need to be made in advance at farmshed.org.
For those interested, a ride-share caravan departs from the Farmshed (1220 Briggs Court) parking lot at 11 AM.
On June 20th Farmshed has scheduled a return trip to Lonely Oak Farm for a tour there. The car-share-caravan will depart from the Farmshed at 5 pm to start the tour at 5:30 pm. Lonely Oak is organized as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a model that invites customers to become investors in the financial health of the operation by purchasing an annual membership. The members receive a weekly “share” of food grown on the farm, usually produce. The CSA share is delivered to a nearby drop-off point in a few area communities. CSA shares can include meats or cheese along with maple syrup or mushrooms.
During the June 20th tour participants will learn more about locavore farming practices, CSAs in general and be able to better understand why these farmers turn to locavore practices. Joel taught organic agriculture at the Wisconsin Rapids High School before retiring. He’ll tell you about the story of his own farm and his passion for farming.