Farming

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FoodCrush Podcast: Meredith Leigh on ethical meat & food advocacy

Published Aug. 14, 2019

On this week's podcast, we talk face-to-face with Leigh about some of the tough questions facing our food system including elitism in the food movement, food justice, women in butchery and the role of empathy in farming and raising livestock. We also discuss multiple topics tackled in her books, including the rationale behind -- and the skill needed -- to make delicious charcuterie at home.

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FoodCrush Podcast: What's a Kunekune? A girl, a farm and heritage breed hogs

Published May 15, 2019

On this week's podcast we talk with Nikki Barr, a Kettle Range Meats employee and young farmer. Along the way, we explore the unique qualities of Kunekune hogs, the challenges and joys of raising pigs, the benefits and pleasures of eating heritage pork and we glean insights into the agricultural realm through the lens of an ambitious young female farmer.

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Nasett pursues life of fashion, creativity and love

Published Nov. 6, 2015

Bjorn Nasett is one of Milwaukee's most forward-thinking fashionistas. He works at Beauty Salon, as a consultant for Goodwill Industries, runs his own business called Fashion Farm Boy and returns to the stage tonight to perform in "Courage," a benefit for LGBTQ homeless youth.

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Scotch Hill Farm trailblazes CSA path

Published June 1, 2015

If farming had professional athletes, Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm would be an all-star. Her certified organic, family-run farm located in Broadhead, Wis. has provided nourishment through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to Milwaukee and neighboring cities since 1994.

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Milwaukee Talks: Sherrie Tussler of the Hunger Task Force

Published Dec. 7, 2013

During a recent visit to the Hunger Task Force, we spoke with executive director Sherrie Tussler about homelessness, hunger, volunteerism, children, advocacy and dignity. We also talked about bizarre-to-us British canned goods and agreed that Twinkies are not food.

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Shift switch: Harvesting soybeans

Published Oct. 26, 2012

There's no denying it, I'm a city boy through and through. Yet when the offer to ride along in a combine, harvesting soybeans arrived in my inbox, I couldn't reply fast enough. A mere 75 minutes from my desk and I was sitting in the jump seat of a John Deere 9500 - at about $250,000, by far the most expensive wheeled vehicle I've ever taken a ride in - on Jeff Gaska's farm near Columbus.

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Fondy Market offers fresh food to city folks, initiates new farm

Published June 21, 2011

For 80 years, The Fondy Market has offered fresh food to people living on Milwaukee's North Side - and beyond - from local organic and traditional farms. This spring, the market started The Fondy Farm, offering low-income farmers an affordable lease.

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Sweet Water Organics lures local fish and produce

Published Sept. 11, 2009

Housed in Bay View's hidden Hide House, owners Josh Fraundorf, Steve Lindner and James Godsil transformed warehouse space into three (eventually to be four) operating fish troughs or raceways.

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It's easier than you might think to buy food locally

Published March 3, 2009

Simply put, the CSA system connects local farmers with local consumers who become members or shareholders of the CSA by financing the farm's whole seasonal budget, including seeds, tools, maintenance and land payments. In return, they get weekly or monthly baskets of fresh, organic produce, fruits, flowers, herbs, eggs, milk -- anything the farm can produce.

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Eco-Justice Center nurtures sustainable living

Published Aug. 24, 2008

Sister Janet Weyker and several other sisters of the Racine Dominican order to founded the Eco-Justice Center, a 15-acre learning center, farm and homestead located in Racine County.

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Wisconsin-born Organic Valley celebrates 20 years

Published June 8, 2008

This year the Wisconsin-born Organic Valley celebrates its 20th anniversary and its "family of farms" is 1,239 strong, with members across the country and in Canada and products available at food cooperatives, natural foods stores and supermarkets nation wide.

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CSA farms keep consumer food dollars local

Published April 19, 2008

In our efforts to be greener, owning a vehicle with good gas mileage is an important carbon reducer. But being conscious of your food's mileage can have a pretty large environmental impact, as well. One of the easiest ways to do so is through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.