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Protecting the Water, Protecting the Land

Protecting the Water, Protecting the Land

This spring, a marketing firm hired by WEC Energy Group stopped by our farm a number of times. They wanted us to sign an agreement allowing an Environmental Impact Statement to be done so that a natural gas pipeline could be laid through our front field. We worried that all the work that we had done improving that field would be
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Keep Up With News From the Farm

Our CSA Members have special access to our newsletter, the Ox Cart, but that doesn't mean you have to be left out of the farm fun!  

Join us on facebook to see regular updates and pictures from the farm. If you're more visually inclined, you can also follow us on Instagram to catch a few of the sights. Beautiful

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Around the Farm Table Features the Blue Ox Farmers

The beautiful and talented Inga Witscher, host of Wisconsin Public TV’s Around The Farm Table show, stopped by to see Lauren with the flock on pasture to learn a little about grazing, and swung through the greenhouse to talk with Caleb about the Winter CSA program. Watch the video below to see some of our neighbors and friends and get a lesson in fine cooking while you’re at it! Grab a snack and gather with us around the farm table!

 

Minnesota Public Radio – Farmfest Highlights Young Farmers

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Farmfest is underway this week near Redwood Falls in southern Minnesota. The annual agricultural showcase includes the usual political forums and a look at the newest farm equipment.

But this year it also put a focus on young farmers – with a day dedicated to those looking to get into farming or early on in their farming career. Getting started farming is hard these days – and the average age of Minnesota farmers, 56.6 in 2012, continues to rise.

On The Daily Circuit, we look at the barriers facing people who want to get into farming, and the programs in Minnesota to support and recruit new farmers.

One of those organizations is Minneapolis-based Land Stewardship Project. More from MPR News:

It helps evaluate and instruct young farmers on what they need to do to get started, said Karen Stettler, who oversees the organization’s Farm Beginnings program.

“The Farm Beginnings program really helps people to think about their deeply held values and beliefs, put that into a goal, and then to also make sure to follow that goal up with helping them to assess finances and marketing strategies,” she said.

In the past 17 years about 600 people have gone through the program, and about 60 percent are still farming, Stettler said.

See the article here:
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/daily-circuit-young-farmers

Agrarian Trust Profile

A new organization has sprung up recently - they call themselves the Agrarian Trust. Their mission?  To tell the stories of agricultural land - specifically, how this land is changing hands.  They are collecting stories of successful and difficult transitions to share with a wide audience of current landowners and beginning farmers.  This organization of lawyers, farmers, professors, activists, and writers are offing the opportunity for discourse surrounding current land access issues and new ways to structure land moving from one
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