Slow Food mobs Tiny Tempest Farm
Tiny Tempest Farm, owned by Blair Thomas and Sheri Doyel, is a 5-acre farm located just north of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line in Lake Geneva, WI. We are a new farm, with three years under our belt growing organic vegetable, herb and flower seedlings, primarily for home gardeners. We also produce fresh cut culinary herbs, delicious eggs from our 49 hens, and this year we are planting carrots, spinach and baby kale in our new hoop house for winter markets. Blair's primary work is as artistic director of Blair Thomas and Co., a puppet-based theater company based out of Chicago. Sheri is the primary farmer, but also works part time at Angelic Organics Learning Center. Part of what we do at Tiny Tempest is offer theatrical events in our rustic dairy barn in the spring and fall... we had our first public performance in the spring of 2013 and it was a big success. So... good food and good theater is what we strive to provide for our community, and for friends far and wide looking for a day in the country. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/tinytempestfarm.
The work we need help with:
We have two friendly Nubian goats in addition to the 49 hens. The goats provide good humor when folks visit the farm, and the hens provide good eggs. In addition, they all provide good manure for our fields and garden. We need help cleaning out the goat and hen houses, and then building a compost heap that is similar to those used on some biodynamic farms. The heap generates "slow" compost, layered with nitrogen (poop and food scraps), carbon (dead plant waste), and covered in straw and left to sit for about 18 months. Its a beautiful mound, and many hands make for light work. In addition, we need a few folks to reinforce the goat fencing (wire), and clean out the trays from the spring plant sale. And of course there is weeding (yes, even in September). So we have heavy work (shoveling chicken and goat bedding and using a wheel barrow to get it to the compost heap) and we have light work (tying the fence together, cleaning out trays, and weeding).
We will provide:
A variety of non-alcoholic beverages and low-fuss snacks; a short tour of the farm, including the dairy barn "theater"; friendly goats to pet.
Your lunch (if we do the 11:00 - 3:00 time slot); gloves; shovel (if possible); blanket to sit on; hat/sunscreen
Please do NOT bring:
Location and Directions:
W4355 Mohawk Road, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147
Best route from Chicago area is up I94 towards Milwaukee. Exit at 173 Rosecrans Road and turn left (west). Go about 45 minutes to the town of Hebron and turn right (north) at Route 47. Go north till you get to Stateline Road. Turn left (west). This "T's" into Hillside Road. Turn right (north). Next street is Mohawk Road. Turn left (west) and go about 1.5 miles and we are on the left. White house, White barn. Please park near the big white dairy barn.
Best route from Madison is down I90 towards Janesville. Take 14 to the south east towards Darien. Take 14 all the way into Walworth, around the square, and stay south on 14. Look for Lakeville road outside of town. Turn left (east) on Lakeville (it is also 67 if you turn right). Take Lakeville until it "T's" into Swamp Angel Road. Turn right (south). Next street is Mohawk Road. Turn left (east). We are just a bit down the road on your right. White Barn, White House. Please park near the big white dairy barn.
Tiny Tempest Farm (View)
W4355 Mohawk Road
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|