Wormfarm Institute/Fermentation Fest June 17 Wisconsin Organic Valley Culture and Farm Workers To Milwaukee Green Renaissance Destinations

The revised schedule is below. Give me the green light and I’ll start sending out contacts to folks.

8:30am: Depart Reedsburg
9:30am: Pickup folks in Madison

11am: Arrive at Amaranth Bakery (60 minutes)
-Meet briefly with Dave Boucher
-Picnic lunch from Amaranth on terrace next to restaurant
-Greeting from consortium of Milwaukee people

	-Potentially to join us for remainder of the tour

12:00pm: Studio visit with Muneer Bahauddeen (30 minutes)
12:30pm: Depart

12:40pm: Arrive at Fondy Food Market (30 minutes)
-Greeting from Fondy Food Center and Walnut Way
-Free time to browse at market
1:10pm: Depart

1:15pm: Arrive at Terry McCormick gallery (1 hour)
-Gallery tour from Evelyn Patricia Terry
-Facilitated conversation
2:15pm: Depart

2:30pm: Arrive at Clock Shadow Building (45 minutes)
-Visit with Clock Shadow Creamery and cheese-making operation
-Tour of Clock Shadow Building
-Stop at rooftop garden
3:15pm: Depart

3:30pm: Arrive at Journey House Garden (45 minutes)
-Visit with Ryan Shone and neighbors
-Learn about Journey House and Longfellow
-Discuss evolution/activation of a community garden
4:15pm: Depart

4:30pm: Arrive at Alice’s Garden (1 hour)
-Meet Venice Williams
-Tour of the garden spaces
-Discuss history of area, including Underground Railroad, Bronzeville, highway, etc.
-Community Potluck
-Walk the labyrinth
5:30pm: Depart Body & Soul Healing Arts Center

7:00pm: Drop-off folks in Madison
8:00pm: Arrive at Reedsburg


MAY 1, 2017 – REEDSBURG. Wormfarm Institute presents a free panel discussion on Friday evening, May 12, from 7 to 9:00pm in the Woolen Mill Gallery on the second floor at 28 East Main Street in Reedsburg.

The Rural/ Urban Continuum describes a region that is stronger and more resilient if it values it many diverse parts. Perception of a divide can perpetuate belief in conflicting agendas and ignore deep underlying connections between urban and rural neighbors. “Our panel will address vital connections and interdependencies, divisions both real and perceived and explore opportunities for bridging them,” said Jay Salinas, discussion moderator and Wormfarm Institute’s co-founder.

The panel is the second of Wormfarm’s Test Plots, a series of exhibits, lectures, and field trips taking place throughout the growing season in the Reedsburg area and beyond. The four panelists represent a broad range of experience and perspectives, aligning with the program’s goal to generate community dialogue, learning, and engagement. Each event presents the work of local and regional artists and thinkers reflecting, and embodying a healthy rural/urban flow that is vital to any thriving region.

The panelists for the Rural/ Urban Continuum include:

Curt Meine – a conservation biologist, writer, and historian, and a senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo. Curt has long been focused on bridging urban and rural communities in his conservation work, from Wisconsin to Chicago to the American West and beyond. He has authored and edited several books, including the award-winning biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (2010) and the forthcoming Driftless Reader.

Brittany Beyer – the Executive Director of The Warehouse Art Center, Eagle River’s community art center. She holds two degrees from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (BFA and MA in Arts Politics), and enjoyed a career as a professional dancer alongside her arts administration work. Brittany recently moved from Brooklyn, NY.

James Godsil – a poet and co-founder of the Sweet Water Foundation, founder of the Milwaukee Renaissance Wiki Magazine and Community Roofing & Restoration, Jim was Milwaukee Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and a member of the State Department American Speakers Program for India regarding Innovations in Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics. He is a Mandi Navigator Awardee, Fulbright Scholar and National Science Foundation Fellow 1971 and 1972.

Sarah Lloyd – the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Secretary of the Board and Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology and co-teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course. In addition to her off-farm work Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells.

“The recent election results underscored the importance of informed dialogue to examine how we might go beyond our neighborhoods and newsfeeds and learn something we may not currently know,” said Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm co-founder.

About Wormfarm Institute: Wormfarm Institute is a nonprofit organization in Reedsburg, Wis., working to build a sustainable future for agriculture and the arts by fostering links between people and the land. An evolving laboratory of arts and ecology, and fertile ground for creative work, Wormfarm explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Learn more at www.wormfarminstitute.org.

About Test Plots: In agriculture, test plots are designated parts of a field where new crops are trialed to determine suitability for subsequent use. This acknowledges that experimentation is critical to finding what works and what doesn’t and that being open to unexpected outcomes may lead to new discoveries. Visit http://wormfarminstitute.org/programs/test-plots/ for the full schedule occurring throughout the 2017 growing season, culminating during Fermentation Fest October 6–8 and 13–15.

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