Depending on the Wilds to Pollinate: Organic Orchard Grower Makes Conservation Impact
After a hard day’s work out in the orchard, there’s nothing like enjoying a glass of cider from the apple trees you hand grafted yourself. Deirdre Birmingham can do just this; she operates an organic hard cider orchard full time and is also an avid educator.
Restoring the Little Lemonweir: Farmer Revitalizes Stream Habitat
Nate Bell, of Juneau County, Wis., is a third generation crop farmer who's been riding in a combine since he was three years old. Bell's grandpa bought the farm in the 1940s, and Nate always wanted to continue the family tradition.
Sustainability at its Best: Beginning Farmer Revitalizes Former Mining Land
Dan Shelliam, of Lafayette County, Wisconsin, grew up on a farm and started milking cows when he was 15. In 2000, he started farming full time and subsequently signed up for the NRCS Beginning Farmer Program.
Preserving Woodland Dunes Habitat: Small Non-Profit Proves Huge Impact in Community
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, located between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was founded in 1974 by local people who wanted to preserve forested wetlands for wildlife, especially songbirds.
The Living Land Remembers, Treat it with Care: Beginning Farmer Revives Legendary Land
Reed Fitton, of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, is a beginning farmer who has the opportunity to rent and farm a legendary piece of property known as the Ben Logan Farm. Reed strives to work the land by adhering to Logan’s principles in the 1975 book, The Land Remembers.
Hard Work Pays Off: Nettekoven Farm Produces Healthy, Nutrient-Rich Food, While Preserving Land for Future Generations
Some people are born to farm. Others grow to love it. Greg Nettekoven was born into a farm family; and he and his wife, Karon, have grown to love farming. Greg is a second generation farmer who grew up working on his family's 760 acres of tillable land.