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2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook

2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook


Upper Midwest

Co l l a b o r at i v e 2017 Handbook
Regional Supporting
Alliance for sustainable
Farmer farmers
Tr a i n i n g since 1997

Creating learning opportunities for future farmers through the diverse talents
of our regional community of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farms

Coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center |

Celebrating 13 years of
Stateline Farm Beginnings

Stateline Farm Beginnings Class of 2016

Loo�ing to Jum�-Start a Farm Business?

Farm Beginnings®
Farm Beginnings is an
education and training program
designed to help people who want
to plan their farm enterprise.

• Learn from innovative farmers
• Attend high quality seminars
• Experience field days
• Engage in mentorships

For further information visit FARM | Learning Center
to contact the organization nearest you.

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training Table of Contents
(Upper Midwest CRAFT) is a farmer-led alliance of
biodynamic, organic, and sustainable farmers and What is CRAFT?
market gardeners. Upper Midwest CRAFT is coordinated Introduction to CRAFT......................... 2
by Angelic Organics Learning Center and often partners Steering Committee............................ 3
with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, The Farm 2017 Field Day Schedule....................... 4
Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing, The International CRAFT Alliances............. 5
Land Connection, University of Wisconsin Extension, What is the Farmer Training Initiative?
University of Illinois Extension, Wisconsin Department AOLC Farmer Training Programs........ 6
of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Center Farmer Training Resources
for Integrated Agricultural Systems (UW-Madison), Upper Midwest CRAFT Partners ........ 8
The Land Stewardship Project, Farm Beginnings Farm Beginnings Collaborative........... 10
Collaborative, Food Works, Midwest Organic & CRAFT Farm Profiles
Sustainable Education Service, California FarmLink, 1st Farm Profiles Alphabetically ............... 12
Farm Credit, and Badgerland Financial. CRAFT Farms Map ..............................26
The Farmer Training Initiative at Angelic Organics Additional Farmer Training Resources
Learning Center is supported by the U.S. Department Core Competencies and
of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, under Federal Learning Stages...................................56
Award Identification No. FA-IL-6-005, and the National Routes to Farm ...................................58
Institute of Food and Agriculture, under award number
2016-70017-25373. FarmALenergaTerrlnaiicinnOginrCggeanInntiietcrisative
Upper Midwest CRAFT is funded in part by
Liberty Prairie Foundation, Farm Aid, Blooming Prairie Peg Sheaffer
Foundation, UNFI Foundation, CRAFT farmers and Program Director
friends of CRAFT.
The Farm Asset Builder agricultural IDA (Individual Shelbie Blank
development account) matched-savings program is Program Manager
funded by 1st Farm Credit Services, AgriBank, Alpine
Bank, Badgerland Financial, the Oberweiler Foundation,
and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sheri Doyel
Assets for Independence program (which funds Program Facilitator
approximately 7% of total program costs).
Bill Ladd-Cawthorne
Upper Midwest Resource Specialist
Coordination Provided by
Angelic Organics Learning Center Sarah Petri
Program Assistant
For more information contact:
Angelic Organics Learning Center
1547 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011

(815) 389-8455

Front cover photo - Angelic Organics Learning Center
Back cover photo - Angelic Organics

2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook 


TCrRaAiFnTin-gCollaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer

CRAFT is a farmer-led coalition organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in a self-selected geographic region.
Participating farmers offer up their time, talents and experience to help prepare the next generation of farmers.
The secret to CRAFT’s success is simple - farmers learn most effectively from other farmers. CRAFT provides
farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers. CRAFT farmer alliances
are diverse and may focus on these things: internships, employment, mentoring, field days, technical assistance,
workshops, conferences, social gatherings, strategic business planning courses, farm incubators, and more.
CRAFT alliances are as diverse as the farmers who shape them and emerge from the character of the
region. Farmers in CRAFT follow organic, Biodynamic, or other sustainable farming principles. They grow
vegetables, livestock, and grains. They run community supported agriculture farms and sell to other local direct
markets. They sell to restaurants and to wholesale markets.
CRAFT welcomes trainees with all levels of experience, whether you’ve never farmed before, you have significant
experience and need advanced training, or you’re an established farmer seeking to transition to sustainable

Upper Midwest CRAFT History

In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded Upper Midwest CRAFT, the second
CRAFT program in the United States. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the
next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers. Members, who now lead dozens of new local
farms, are trained by some of the most accomplished farmers in the Midwest.
More than 85 sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin belong to Upper Midwest CRAFT.
Coordination is provided by Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) with leadership from the Upper Midwest
CRAFT Steering Committee.

What can I get out of joining Upper Midwest CRAFT?

• Free attendance to annual Field Days
• Subscription to biweekly eNewsletter
• Inclusion in the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer listserv and Handbook
• A digital copy of the annual Handbook
• Discounted rates to classes and workshops sponsored by Angelic Organics Learning Center and Michael

Fields Agricultural Institute
• Access to Kiva 0% interest loans via AOLC’s trustee status

A beautiful day on the
Farm at Angelic Organics

in Caledonia, IL

2  2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook

Routes to Farm

Routes to Farm is a collaboration of farmer alliances in the regional “foodshed” of greater Chicago dedicated to
training the emerging generation of local and sustainable farmers. We make resources available to farmers who are
launching or growing their farm businesses for the local and sustainable food and farm economy. Our goals are:
To Help Farmers
• Network with other farmers
• Find trainings, mentors, and markets
• Connect with suppliers and consultants
• Attract qualified employees
To Help Farmer Alliances
• Attract farmers who aren’t currently linked to networks
• Develop and share best practices in farmer training and public

• Foster partnerships with organizations from other regions
To learn more, check out p. 58 or visit
Routes to Farm is made possible by the generous support of the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.


Farm Asset Builder Program Kiva
Through an Individual Development Account (IDA),
Farm Asset Builder participants will make a plan to save Kiva is a community of lenders which provides access
a portion of their earned farm income over the course to 0% interest loans up to $10,000. With over a million
of one year. While working with Learning Center staff lenders, corporate sponsors, and local governments,
and partners, participants will improve their financial the Kiva network helps borrowers find the resources
and business planning skills, while also saving money they need to grow their business using character and
each month that will then be matched by the Learning trust network as a measure of creditworthiness. The
Learning Center is a Kiva Trustee, meaning we have
Center. the ability to recommend and endorse small farm
businesses to the Kiva program.
For more information visit For more information visit
or e-mail us at or e-mail us at

Open Books Program Festive flowers at Spring Creek Farm

Open Books is a project designed to help non- 7
commodity farmers master farm financial
recordkeeping and analysis through real-world
application. Participating farmers meet periodically
to share business successes and challenges with
one another over the course of 3 years. Participants
learn how to use financial ratios and benchmarks
to identify strengths and weaknesses of their
businesses and to make management decisions
that increase profit and improve quality of life.

for more information.

2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook 

Upper Midwest CRAFT Partners

The Farm Business Development Center at North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture
Prairie Crossing Farm Research and Education Program (NCR SARE)

The Liberty Prairie Foundation’s Farm Business Funded by the USDA, the national Sustainable Agriculture
Development Center (FBDC) at the Prairie Crossing Farm Research and Education (SARE) program supports and
in Grayslake prepares beginning farmers to meet the promotes sustainable farming and ranching. NCR SARE
demand for locally-grown organic food in the Chicago offers competitive grants and educational opportunities for
region. The FBDC provides new farmers with a head producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations,
start by beginning their business in an incubator setting and others exploring sustainable agriculture. NCR SARE
with affordable access to certified organic land near the strengthens rural communities, increases farmer/rancher
Chicago-area customer base, and access to experienced profitability, and improves the environment by supporting
mentor farmers. Demand is high for locally-grown organic research and education.
food, and the Farm Business Development Center is Andy Larson, Illinois State Co-Coordinator
successfully launching new farm businesses to meet Local Foods & Small Farm Educator
consumer demand. Learn more at www.libertyprairie. University of Illinois Extension
org/programs/farmer-training/ 421 W. Pines Rd, Suite 10
Jen Miller Oregon, IL  61061
Director, Farm Entrepreneurship Phone: (815) 732-2191
Liberty Prairie Foundation Email:
32400 N. Harris Road Laura Christianson, Illinois State Co-Coordinator
Grayslake, IL 60030 Assistant Professor of Water Quality Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education S322 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Service (MOSES) Urbana, IL, 61801
Phone: (217) 244-6173 
MOSES is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Spring Email:
Valley, WI, which promotes organic and sustainable Diane Mayerfeld
agriculture by providing the education, resources and University of Wisconsin-Madison
expertise farmers need to succeed. The cornerstone Ctr. for Integrated Ag. Systems
of their education service is the annual MOSES Organic 1535 Observatory Dr.
Farming Conference, the country’s largest conference on Madison, WI 53706
organic and sustainable farming. Phone: (608) 262-8188
PO Box 339 Email:
Spring Valley, WI 54767
715-778-5775, Fax: 715-778-5773 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers This three-day survey course aims to give students a
realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-
Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers scale produce operation—including capital, management,
labor, and other resources. Topics include soil fertility,
The school has been designed to provide the opportunity crop production, plant health, pest management, cover
for motivated individuals to educate themselves about crops, equipment needs and labor considerations at
grass-based dairying. It is the only program of its kind in different scales of operation, marketing, and economics.
the nation, and your best resource for an education in Three grower instructors primarily teach the course, with
grass-based dairying. We offer our specialized training featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty
through traditional classroom activities, hands-on and other specialists.
internships, farm tours of our previous graduates’ grass- John Hendrickson
based dairies, and we strongly emphasize the business Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
and financial planning knowledge required to run a 1450 Linden Drive, UW-Madison
successful dairy business. For more information contact: Madison, WI 53706
Dick Cates 608-265-3704
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
1450 Linden Drive, UW-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-712-2836, 2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook


transplanter, a water wheel transplanter, a power wiggle A winter wonderland at Angelic Organics Marketing Methods: On Farm Retail (Farm Stand, U-Pick),
hoe, a carrot harvester, a veg-veyer, two walk-in coolers, Learning Center Online, Wholesale (to middleman)
a root washer, miscellaneous washing equipment, and a Growing Practices: Biodynamic (Not Certified), Grazier,
Seederman needle seeder. Sustainable (Non-Certified Organic)
Number of Employees (Year Round): 4 Percentage of Product Marketed Directly to Consumers:
Number of Employees (Seasonal): 23 75-100%
Number of Volunteers (Seasonal): 12 Year of Farm Start: 1999
Describe any available positions on your farm: We offer Total Farm Acreage: 98
hourly employment opportunities, visit http://www. Total Acreage in Production: 32 for details. Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: City of Chicago,
Are Visitors Welcome? No Chicago Suburbs, Other areas of IL, Milwaukee area,
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Current season Madison area, Other areas of WI, Outside of IL and WI
shareholders are welcome to visit the farm. Please refer Farm History: Angelic Organics Learning Center is
to these guidelines at the educational nonprofit partner to the Angelic
shareholder-visits/. Other interested parties should Organics farm. The Peterson family has farmed this
arrange a farm visit through Angelic Organics Learning land for three generations. Their rich heritage of family
Center at farming lives on today for more than 1,400 families
Directions: From Chicago, Madison, or Beloit (see www. who buy produce direct from the farm. This type of for a map). 1. Exit east onto farming is called community supported agriculture
Rockton Road from I-90 (this exit is just a couple of miles (CSA). Angelic Organics, now one of the largest
south of the Wisconsin /Illinois border and about 10 miles CSA farms in the country, is nationally recognized
north of Rockford). 2. Pass through 3 stop signs (the 3rd as a model for community supported agriculture.
stop sign is Free Church Road) 3. Continue on Rockton Angelic Organics began growing organically
road (road turns to gravel) for 1/2 a mile to the second in 1990 and has operated as a CSA since 1993. The CSA
farm on the right. Our farm is set back form the road manages more than 25 acres of vegetable production
1/4 of a mile. Look for the entrance to the driveway, just in a given year. Participants, known as shareholders,
after a small cemetery. If you hit a sharp right-hand turn who become involved with the CSA receive a weekly 3/4
in Rockton road, you have driven past our driveway by a bushel box of fresh vegetables and herbs delivered to
1/2 a mile. over 20 Chicago area sites. Shares last for 20 or 12 weeks
from mid-June or mid-August to late October. For more
Angelic Organics Learning Center information on buying a veggie box (share) from the
farm visit The life of farmer John
1547 Rockton Rd Peterson and the farm has been chronicled in the award-
Caledonia, IL 61011 winning documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Since the farm’s creation, John Peterson
Tom Spaulding and Executive Director of the Learning Center, Tom Spaulding, have expanded the nonprofit branch of the
(815) 389-8455 farm to 3 locations: Chicago, Rockford, and Caledonia,
Preferred Time To Call: 9am-3pm the original site of the farm. In an effort to connect the
Farm Products & Services: Bees/Honey/Wax, Compost community with local farms and the land, we started
(retail), Dairy-Goat, Educational/Not-for-Profit, Fruit- programs for farmer training, workshops for the public,
Large/Tree, Meat-Beef, Meat-Goat, Poultry-Eggs, Poultry- and urban farming sites.
Meat, Value Added Products-Edible Foods, Value Added Farm Description: A Living Classroom: Soils, plants,
Products-Non-Edible Foods animals, and people all play an important role in the
life of the farm. Angelic Organics grows an astounding
2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook  variety of vegetables and herbs for its CSA members
using biodynamic methods. Livestock produce milk
and eggs, as well as nutrients for the soil; dairy
goats, chickens, cattle, and composting worms make
delightful companions (and teachers!) for visitors.
Angelic Organics farm and Angelic Organics
Learning Center manage more than 220 acres of
farmland, forest, oak savannah, prairie strips, orchards,
and flowing creeks. The land is held in part by farmer
John, Angelic Organics shareholders, foundations,
social investors, and in long-term lease arrangements.
It is our goal to move all parcels managed by Angelic
Organics and Angelic Organics Learning Center into
long-term tenure arrangements such as easements
or trusts that remove the land from the speculative
marketplace and preserve them in perpetuity for
organic and Biodynamic farming and education.
The Learning Center’s educational facilities
have grown with the help of hundreds of volunteers


variety agricultural specializations (veggies, row crop, producing after year 5 and the farm will focus more
grazing etc.) to find your best fit. An example of how we intensively on them as their productions increases. As
see this working is that the CSA itself. It would be the the trees mature we will integrate livestock into the
managed by the 4th year apprentices under our direction planting to reduce mowing costs and disrupt pest and
and guidance as they basically spend their last year disease cycles.
in the program managing an operating farm business
but with a safety net. This would include not just field Are Visitors Welcome? Yes
operation which hopefully they have a handle on after AdditionalInformationRegardingVisitors: By appointment
the first 3 seasons but budgeting, ordering supplies, only and during field days/tours.
employee management, dealing with distribution
keeping records and all of the other things that make Field & Farm Co
a farm successful beyond the craft of farming itself.
It is important to note, this is not where we 9834 W Highway 213
are now, it is where we want to go. It will take years to Beloit, WI 53511
get there but the people on our team must have the Benjamin & Meghan Snare
resolve to help us get there. We are fortunate to live in fieldandfarmco@gmail.
an amazing and supportive community and together we com
hope to catch a rising tide.” (608) 301-5177
Number of Employees (Seasonal): 2 Preferred Time to Call:
Number of Interns (Seasonal): 2 Anytime
Describe any available positions on your farm: We are
looking for 1 to 2 apprentices and 2 full time hourly farm Farm Products & Services:
workers. Both positions are seasonal for 2017. Fruit-Large/Tree, Fruit-
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes Small/Bush, Herbs, Poultry-
Eggs, Vegetables
Feral Farm Marketing Methods: CSA,
On Farm Retail (Farm
W2612 Springfield Rd. Stand, U-Pick)
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 Growing Practices: Organic (Non-Certified), Sustainable Picture-perfect onions from
Casey Dahl (Non-Certified Organic) Field & Farm Co
(920) 342-5679 Percentage of Product(s) Marketed Directly to Consumers:
Farm Products & Services: Fruit-Large/Tree, Fruit-Small/ 75-100%
Bush, Grapes/Wine Year of Farm Start: 2017
Growing Practices:  Permaculture, Sustainable (Non- Total Farm Acreage: 10
Certified Organic) Total Acreage in Production: 3
Year of Farm Start: 2014 Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: Chicago
Total Farm Acreage: 10 Suburbs, Other areas of WI
Total Acreage in Production: 10
Farm History: Feral Farm grows ecosystems of nuts, Farm History: Two years ago my husband and I were
fruits, and livestock that mimic the plant communities of sitting at a cafe in Paris talking about the trajectory of
southeast Wisconsin. In 2014, our first year of operation, our lives. We both sensed a change was on the horizon.
we planted around 7000 perennial food plants into We had begun looking at homes to purchase and felt
agroforestry systems. In the spring of 2015, we expect acutely aware that location would play a profound
to graft roughly 200 fruit trees and continue filling the role in who we continue to become and the primary
orchard with edible plants. A survey in Fall 2014 showed experience our children have as they grow. We wanted
a near 100% survival rate of fruit and nut trees and shrubs the culmination of our days to add up to more than the
in the first year. average suburban life: years where the better parts of
Farm Description: We are leasing land from Brattset each week are spent working corporate jobs, meals that
Family Farm to establish our agroforestry business. are quick and comprised of processed foods, schedules
Located in Southeast Wisconsin near the Kettle Moraine, that are heavy but not necessarily meaningful. We both
we are conveniently situated between Madison and felt we no longer identified with the narrative our day
Milwaukee. In spring 2014, with the assistance of The to day lives held, so we started dreaming of something
Savanna Institute, we planted a diversity of fruits, nuts, different; something that allowed us to live a more
and perennial vegetables. This produce will ultimately holistic and rewarding life.
be sold at farmers markets, to restaurants, and through Over time the idea of Field & Farm Co emerged.
CSAs. In the spring of 2016 we closed on a farmhouse, which
We are alley cropping hay between the rows provided us the home, outbuildings and acreage we
of trees until they mature. Starting in 2015, many of were looking for. Farming is certainly a lifestyle change
our berry crops are producing. Raspberries, currants, for our family, but to us, this undertaking is so much
gooseberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and grapes bring in more. Our aim is to use the land to cultivate and nurture
income while our long term crops mature. Chestnuts, community, while inspiring others to live a life of freedom
heartnuts, hazelnuts, apples, pears, and plums will start and wellness.
Farm Description: We provide whole organic food to CSA
2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook  members, including vegetables, fruit and eggs.
Our farm acts as the fabric of our community,
promoting authentic connection amongst a diverse group


Percentage of Product(s) Marketed Directly to Consumers: Farm Products & Services: Animal Feed-Grains/Hay, Bees/
50-74% Honey/Wax, Dairy-Goat, Herbs, Value Added Products-
Year of Farm Start: 2015 Non-Edible Foods, Wool/Fiber
Total Farm Acreage: 400 Certification: Animal Welfare Approved
Total Acreage in Production: 250 Marketing Methods: Farmers Market, Direct to Grocery,
Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: City of Chicago, Online
Madison area, Other areas of WI Growing Practices: Grazier, Sustainable (Non-Certified
Farm History: Six generations of the Marty family going Organic)
back to the 1850’s have stewarded this land. Historically Percentage of Product(s) Marketed Directly to Consumers:
a conventional dairy and crop farm, in 2015 it started 75-100%
undergoing a transition into a completely pasture and Year of Farm Start: 2010
savanna-based operation focusing on producing 100% Total Farm Acreage: 25
grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised poultry and Total Acreage in Production: 20
pork. Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: City of Chicago,
Farm Description: Inspired by permaculture and Regrarian Chicago Suburbs, Other areas of IL, Milwaukee area,
methods, we model after natural ecosystems, tall grass Other areas of WI, Outside of IL and WI
prairies and oak savannas, and their dynamic functions. Farm History: Our farm began as one of the Prairie
Our farm not only aims to weather the ups and downs Crossing Farms in Grayslake, Illinois as part of the Farm
of Wisconsin seasons, but grow and regenerate while Business Development Incubator Program. We leased
doing it! On top of this, the local environment including farmland on Prairie Crossing Farm from 2010 - 2013. In
the soil, water, air, and wildlife benefits! The best thing 2014 we moved our farm operation. Our farm started
about caring for the land? An abundance of food! Bacon. with four goats and now has 30 goats and growing. We
Steaks. Eggs. Drumsticks. Apples. Chestnuts. And Much recently purchased 25 acres in Pecatonica, Illinois to
More! accommodate our growing herd of nigerian dairy dwarf
Number of Employees (Seasonal): 2 goats and to expand our farm business.
Describe any available positions on your farm: We are Farm Description: Gretta’s Goats is a locally crafted
always looking for interested parties to bring their artisan soap that is made with moisturizing farm fresh
strengths and skills to the farm. We are anticipating 2017 goat milk, organic sustainable vegetable and essential
to be the first year where we turn enough revenue to start oils. The soap is carefully crafted in small batches utilizing
hiring out some labor. Contact us if you’re interested. the cold-process method of soap making.
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes Gretta’s miniature dairy goats are seasonally
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Please call milked and sustainably graze on 20 acres of organically
ahead, we love having people out to the farm. managed pasture at Short Leg Farm. We offer mohair raw
fiber in the spring and fall. In September 2016 we became
Farming is a family affair at Trogg’s Hollow a licensed manufactured dairy plant. We offer farmstead
Directions: Driving south on Hwy. 69 from Monticello cheese seasonally (late May to early November). Farm
turn LEFT/EAST onto Wittenwyler Rd. Take your first Tours are available please email for an appointment. We
RIGHT/SOUTH onto Feldt Rd. Take your first LEFT/EAST also offer overnight accommodations in our farmstay
onto Gilbertson Rd. Take your first RIGHT/SOUTH onto apartment.
Ringhand Rd. We are the first farm around the bend. We attend the Logan Square and Glenwood
Look for a large dairy barn, and a few other buildings and Sunday Farmer Markets in Chicago. In addition we
two homes. attend the Libertyville Market on Thursdays seasonally
and Wauwatosa Market in WI the first Saturday of the
Gretta’s Goats (Short Leg Farm) month.
Number of Employees (Year Round): 1
498 N. Farwell Bridge Rd Number of Employees (Seasonal): 2
Pecatonica, IL 61063 Number of Volunteers (Seasonal): 1 Describe any available positions on your farm: We are
Gretta Winkelbauer currently looking for an experienced goat milker for the weekends only.
(708) 906-9735 Are Visitors Welcome? Yes
Preferred Time to Call: Afternoon, 12:00 - 3:00 PM Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Please email to
schedule a farm tour or to book the farm stay apartment.
2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook 
Harrison Market Gardens

9024 Harrison Road
Winnebago, IL 61088
Jill Beyer
(815) 980-0589
Preferred Time To Call: Any


Bush, Herbs, Meat-Goat, Meat-Hogs/Pork, Poultry-Eggs, Farm Products & Services: Fruit-Small/Bush, Herbs, Row
Poultry-Meat, Value Added Products-Edible Foods, Crops-Corn, Beans, Others, Vegetables
Vegetables Marketing Methods: Direct to Restaurants, Direct to
Certification: Certified Naturally Grown Institutions, Wholesale (to middleman)
Marketing Methods: CSA, Farmers Market, On Farm Growing Practices: Organic (Certified), Organic (Non-
Retail (Farm Stand, U-Pick) Certified), Permaculture, Sustainable (Non-Certified
Growing Practices: Sustainable (Non-Certified Organic) Organic)
Percentage of Product(s) Marketed Directly to Year of Farm Start: 2017
Consumers: 75-100% Total Farm Acreage: 40
Year of Farm Start: 2011 Total Acreage in Production: 40
Total Farm Acreage: 5 Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: City of
Total Acreage in Production: 5 Chicago, Chicago Suburbs, Other areas of IL, Milwaukee
Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: Milwaukee area, Madison area, Southwest MI, Other areas of WI,
area, Other areas of WI Outside of IL and WI
Farm Description: Nature’s Niche Farm is satisfying the Farm History: New Frontier Farms is a 70 acre farm in
need for local, wholesome and natural produce, meat, Salem, Wisconsin. We’re currently working to turn over
eggs, honey, goat milk soap and all natural skin care production from leased cash grain to organic vegetable
products. We are deeply committed to sustainable and fruit production.
agriculture. Our farm strives to be a good steward of Number of Employees (Year Round): 2
our earth. We practice sustainable farming techniques. Number of Employees (Seasonal): 2
We raise our animals humanely and provide the diet Describe any available positions on your farm: Looking for
that they are intended to eat. We use NO antibiotics a full time farmer to live on farm.
or growth hormones. We feed only Non-GMO grains. Are Visitors Welcome? No
No pesticides or herbicides are used on produce or
livestock. We consider the care of our animals and Oak Circle Farm
land both a blessing and a responsibility. Please call for
availability. 38244 N. North Avenue
Number of Employees (Year Round): 1 Beach Park, IL 60087
Number of Employees (Seasonal): 3
Number of Volunteers (Year Round) - Including Worker Kerry Mortensen
Number of Volunteers (Seasonal): 1 (847) 902-2753
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes Farm Products & Services: Flowers-cut, Herbs,
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Call to Vegetables
Schedule. Marketing Methods: Farmers Market
Growing Practices: Organic (Non-Certified),
David Cleverdon (Kinnikinnick Farm) and Tim Huth (LotFotL Permaculture, Season Extension, Sustainable (Non-
Community Farm) converse at the 2017 Routes to Farm Summit. Certified Organic)
Percentage of Product(s) Marketed Directly to
New Frontier Farms Consumers: 75-100%
Year of Farm Start: 2015
22530 83rd Street Total Farm Acreage: 10
Salem, IL 53168 Total Acreage in Production: 1 Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: Chicago
Nathan Laurell Suburbs Farm Description: We are a small homestead and farm
(312) 208-6283 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and about equidistant
between Chicago and Milwaukee, right in the middle of
2017 Upper Midwest CRAFT Handbook  the village of Beach Park. Our mission is to bring clean,
fresh, delicious food to our local community while using
best practices of organic growing and permaculture
design for sustainable and regenerative stewardship
of our land. In addition to our annual market garden of
veggies, flowers, and herbs, we have a young mixed
orchard and multiple berry beds which will soon be
yielding. check our website or Facebook page to find us
at a local farmers market.
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Visitors by
appointment only.


dairy barn and chicken coop our sons convinced us to get Tiny Tempest Farm Sheri with a handful
chickens. We became accidental chicken farmers in 2013 of her carrots
when our youngest son got an account selling eggs to a W4355 Mohawk Road
local meat market. That was the start of Thirsty Hound Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Farm. We now have over 85 chickens and started to raise
pigs. Sheri Doyel
Farm Description: Thirsty Hound Farm has over 85
chickens that free-range on our entire property. We (262) 374-4903
sell eggs to local farm stands, restaurants, and when Preferred Time To Call:
we have extra eggs off the farm. In 2014, we had 2 4-H During the work day
pigs. We loved them so much in 2015 we raised 4 pigs.
We believe in giving our animals a happy stress free life. Farm Products & Services: Flowers-cut, Herbs, Plants or
We will be expanding the farm to 200 layers, Seedlings, Poultry-Eggs, Vegetables
adding boiler chickens, honey bees, and pasture raised Certification: Certified Naturally Grown
pigs. Marketing Methods: Farmers Market, Direct to
Number of Employees (Year Round): 2 Restaurants, Direct to Grocery, On Farm Retail (Farm
Number of Employees (Seasonal): 2 Stand, U-Pick)
Number of Volunteers (Year Round) - Including Worker Growing Practices:  Season Extension, Sustainable (Non-
Shares: 2 Certified Organic)
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes Percentage of Product Marketed Directly to Consumers:
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Please call to 75-100%
schedule a visit. Year of Farm Start: 2010
Directions: Located between Harvard and Marengo off Total Farm Acreage: 5
Rt23. Total Acreage in Production: 1
Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: City of Chicago,
Three Sisters Community Farm Other areas of WI

W3158 Hwy. 67 Farm History: Tiny Tempest Farm is in southeast Wisconsin
Campbellsport, WI 53010 and is co-owned by Sheri Doyel and Blair Thomas. Our first year on the land was 2009, and in 2010 we sold our first
Jeff Schreiber products (seedlings). This land was previously owned by the Pankonin family and the Tibbets family (since 1901)
(920) 533-3042 and was primarily a dairy farm, with conventional row
Preferred Time To Call: Evenings crops.
Farm Products & Services: Fruit-Small/Bush, Herbs,
Vegetables Farm Description: Today, we specialize in seedlings for
Certification: Organic (USDA Certified) the home gardener, baby ginger, and winter vegetables,
Marketing Methods: CSA, Farmers Market, Direct to all of which are grown in either our greenhouse or our
Restaurants high tunnel. The 3 tillable acres are in cover crops, that
Growing Practices: Biodynamic (Not Certified), Organic are intermittently taken for hay, but most often they are
(Certified), Permaculture, Season Extension mowed and left to decay and build soil health. We also
Percentage of Product Marketed Directly to Consumers: produce culinary herbs, vegetables, and cut flowers on
75-100% a small scale. Oh! and although it does not come from
Year of Farm Start: 2011 the soil, we also produce puppet-theater productions by
Total Farm Acreage: 6 Blair Thomas Co. which coincide with our annual spring
Total Acreage in Production: 5 plant sale in mid-May. The old dairy barn makes for a
Geographic Area Where Products Are Sold: Milwaukee great place to see a show!
area, Other areas of WI
Farm Description: Three Sisters Community Farm is Number of Employees (Year Round): 1
a diversified biodynamic farm nestled amongst the Number of Employees (Seasonal): 1
beautiful glacial drumlins near Campbellsport, WI. Describe any available positions on your farm: We welcome
Farmers Jeff and Kelly, a young couple with over ten volunteers for one day, or ongoing. Each year we hire
years of experience, strive to grow healthy, nourishing someone 10 hours per week from March - May. If you are
food while building fruitful relationships both locally and interested, give us a call or e-mail.
regionally. Kelly’s two sisters, Michele and Angela, were
also raised on and participate in the farm. Are Visitors Welcome? Yes
Number of Employees (Year Round): 2 Additional Information Regarding Visitors: South of
Describe any available positions on your farm: Contact for Geneva Lake, in between the towns of Zenda and
further information Walworth, just north of the IL/WI state line.
Are Visitors Welcome? Yes
Additional Information Regarding Visitors: Call first. Tipi Produce

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Evansville, WI 53536
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(608) 882-6196
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