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Tour a Modern Day Homestead
The Little Red Homestead
Blanchardville, WI
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Spend the afternoon touring a modern day homestead (in progress).  This workshop will include a tour of our five acre homestead nestled in a rural neighborhood 45 minutes outside of Madison, Wisconsin. You will see how we use ecological principles to develop our land for generations to come. We will explore the fruit island and talk about planting perennial food crops. We will walk you through the process of starting from scratch; turning a hay field into a homestead. You will meet the chickens, ducks, sheep, goats and pigs we share the tiny farm with. Each animal has its own unique personality and needs. You will learn about the three types of fencing we use: electric poultry netting; hog/cattle panels; and four-strand, portable electric fencing. We will go over the tools used to install livestock panel and electric fence. You will hear how we try to blend modern technologies with traditional farming practices.

We will wrap up the afternoon with a question and answer session over farm fresh snacks and a cool drink.  It may be tiny, but it is still a farm and you may get dirty. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. No open shoes allowed around hoofed animals.  Children 18 and under are welcome for free with a supervising adult with paid ticket.

A free copy of Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN will be given away to every family, couple and/or household registered for a particular workshop (a $26.95 value); the free book giveaway is limited to one copy per residential address of attendees.

About The Little Read Homestead:

The Little Red Homestead is a five acre property nestled in a rural neighborhood 45 minutes outside of Madison, Wisconsin.  It has been called a tiny farm, a micro farm, a hobby farm.  Whatever you want to call it, the Emond-Storm family call it home. They left their suburban Chicago lot in 2014 after months of planning and designing their modern farm house. The home has all the modern conveniences with a few throw back features like a large baker's pantry and a root cellar. The Homestead gardens were designed to provide food for the family for generations to come. Perennial food crops are found mixed in beds with native plants and flowering heirlooms. A fruit island was created to mimic a natural forest with an herbaceous layer of mints, strawberries and lavender beneath the fruiting shrubs and trees. Depending on the time of year, you will find chickens, ducks, sheep, goats and pigs sharing the land with the family. The animals serve many purposes. Some are great at pest control, some are good waste processors, many provide a food source, and all are good for the soul and for the soil. Though it will always be a work in progress, the family has already begun to enjoy the fruits (and meats) of their labor.

CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUNDS.  SOIL SISTERS has a no refund policy. You can, however, transfer your ticket to another person, provided that person is in possession of the ticket at the time of the workshop.
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On behalf of the South Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, thanks for participating in SOIL SISTERS. Since this is an annual event, we invite you to share your experiences on our Facebook page or other social media you use. Of course, we're always looking for ways to make your experience better, so let us know what we did right and what we could improve upon. Hope to see you back again next year where they'll always be something new to taste, animal to meet or soil sister to greet.


The Little Red Homestead (View)
W8095 County Road H
Blanchardville, WI 53516
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Tours
Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Green
Other > Pets & Animals

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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