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.

From local farms to your table

If you want nutritious and tasty food buying direst from a local farmer is preferable to the industrial operations and CAFOs.  This current Coved-19 pandemic has people looking for a more wholesome and reliable way to buy their food. The farmers and processors on this listing are local and ready to meet your demand.  Let’s make sure that our farmers are not plowing their crops under and our local familes are not finding grocery store shelve empty.
   Commentary by Dave Collins - What's wrong with our food system.  This pandemic has shown problems with the big Agri business model.  See video
If you would like to be added to this list, send your information to dcollins@mwt.net.  It is free, as a public service.

Product

Available

Cost

Farm

Phone

E-mail

 

 

Chickens, free range

Mid Aug, 2020

$15/bird

Pioneer Gardens Farm in Liberty, WI
Mike & Sue Mueller

cell: 608-412-0725
 

pioneergardens@gmail.com

 

 

Berry bushes, Elderberry, Aronia, Blk Currant & others plus flowers

Now!

Call

Berries on the Hill farm

Cell:
608-306-0616
Home: 608-379-3099

berriesonthehillfarm@gmail.com

 

 

Fresh Vegetables

Call

$20 & 30 boxes

Driftless Organics
Soldiers Grove, WI
Josh & Noah Engel

608-624-3735

 

 

 

Four seasons of fruiting, flowering & decorative branches

All season

 

Star Valley Flowers
Crawford Co., WI

608-735-4100

 

 

 

Meat processing & retail

All seasons

 

Solar Meats, Soldiers Grove, WI

 

 

 

 

Meat Processing & retail

All seasons

 

Eastman Locker, Eastman, WI

608-874-4331

 

 

 

Food COOP

All Seasons

 

Viroqua Food Coop, Viroqua, WI

609 N. Main St.

 

 

 

Produce, bakery etc.

Fridays 2-6 pm
May 8th - Oct

 

Soldiers Grove, WI Farmer’s Market

608-412-0725
Mike Mueller

Pk lot Driftless Brewery
Vendors welcome

 

 

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

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

Still intv table

A conversation with a profitable
dairy farmer in Crawford County

Boland

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

Farm Center Offers 24/7 Hotline, Other
Counseling Resources in New Pilot Program

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.

MADISON – As of July 1, Wisconsin farmers facing increased stress and other challenges can access additional free and confidential counseling resources by contacting the Farm Center at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
   As part of a new pilot program, the Farm Center can now connect callers to a 24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline. The hotline can be reached at 1-888-901-2558. Licensed mental health professionals contracted by the department will provide immediate, in-the-moment care.
   In addition to the 24/7 hotline, long-term options are available:
    Callers can schedule ongoing tele-health counseling sessions from a contracted licensed counselor based in Wisconsin, with referrals made through the 24/7 hotline or through the Wisconsin Farm Center (1-800-942-2474);
    Persons who prefer an in-person session can request to meet with a local provider through the Farm Center’s longstanding Counseling Voucher Program.

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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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