The Driftless Farmer

This page is dedicated to the traditional Driftless Farmer who for generations have provided wholesome products to our community.  Through interviews with various local farmers we hope to share ideas and farming methods.
It is sponsored by Kickapoo Stewards.

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I want to grow my own food but I can’t find bacon seeds.
 

It doesn’t have to be big, expensive and complicated

Father & Son-in-law blend cattle grazing and
perennials into a Crawford County business

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A conversation with a profitable
dairy farmer in Crawford County

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Gays Mills, WI – March 2020 – Don Boland operates a 175 cow dairy farm on grass and discusses some of the pressures farmers are under today and how he keeps his operation profitable.  See video interview. See video interview

Doug Spany and Wandy Peralta farm together on their Wauzeka land.  Wandy grows various berry bushes with grasses between the rows which the cows graze on.  They ship the berries across country. Listen to the interview to hear their optimism, and how they approach farming today in these challenging times.  Play video

Vernon Co. farmer blends
traditional methods with
new creative ideas

”If people tell you it can’t be done, talk with someone who is doing it.”  -Doug Spany - Wauzeka

Mike Mueller

Add to our collection of
farming ideas

If you or a friend have an interesting traditional farm operation, I would like to interview you.  Please contact Dave Collins at 608-476-2241 or dcollins@mwt.net

Meat processing business opens
in Soldiers Grove

Mike and Sue Mueller own Pioneer Gardens Farm in Liberty, WI in Vernon County.  They have a traditional approach to farming but integrate thoughtful and creative modern techniques.  In this series of interviews Mike will explain his unusual approach to solving many of the problems that most farmers have to deal with.

Video - Using inexpensive ‘Sand Dams’ to control land erosion from our unusual weather events.

Video - Raising pigs in a natural setting.

Video - The advantages to using one building to house two animal species.

Mike can be reached at pioneergardens@gmail.com or by his cell: 608-412-0725

Now you can buy your neighbor's meat locally.  Solar Meats in Soldiers Grove is newly open offering a retail meat market and local meat processing for producers with smaller animal lots.
   The other local facility is Eastman Locker.

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Crawford Co. rancher mantains
his grasses to graze cattle
without addition feed

Grazing

From the Driftless Farmer’s kitchen

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Jeff & Susan Robinson of Wauzeka, WI - raise cattle on pasture land.  Jeff is very careful to rotate the cattle to protect his grass.  He claims the hills of Crawford County are better suited for grazing cattle than for crops.

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Mike Sandstrom of Mount Zion writes: “I had a busy day making Sourdough Bread from two different recipes.  The sourdough starter was started by  Marica i 1994.  I have managed to keep it alive since her passing in July 2019.

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Mike Sandstrom, Mount Zion, said, “I post to the ebird.org web site everyday.  I got a notification that this Red Headed Woodpecker is rare this time a year.  
   On a side note, there have been two male Turkeys pecking at their reflection on the lower level sliding glass door the past three days. I will keep trying to get a good photo.  So far no luck.”

Funding the Organic Farming
Transition

March 5, 2020 / Organic

by Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead / Agronomist

Conventional crop prices continue to be challenging for Midwestern farmers’ bottom lines. Farmers looking towards alternate or diversified marketing streams have no doubt considered transitioning to certified organic production, but how can you make ends meet during the 3-year transition period to organic certification? Link

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