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Bus Tour of Homesteads in the Driftless Area
New Glarus Village Park
New Glarus, WI
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Interested in raising your own food and living closer to the land?  Yes, you can!  Take a behind-the-scenes bus tour of three inspiring Soil Sisters farmsteads doing so.  With a focus on homesteading skills, this guided bus tour will show you these women are raising vegetables, meats, eggs and fiber and feeding their families and communities.  Kitchen gardens and small-scale agriculture will be covered.

Soil Sisters will serve as your guides throughout the tour and on the bus, sharing stories and answering questions about our shared mission to steward our landscape and cultivate community.

Farm fresh snacks and samples provided.

Meet these three Blanchardville area Soil Sisters and take a "behind the scenes" tour of their farms:

Circle M Farm
Kriss Marion shares her story of how she went from former Chicago dweller to organic farmer and innkeeper. A fiber enthusiast, meet her Jacob and Merino breed sheep. With a passionate dedication to our rural communities and environment, Kriss serves on County Board and is a voice for conservation and water quality.  Hear how she successful sued the state of Wisconsin over the right to sell home baked cookies!

Dorothy's Range
The farm meets the prairie at Dorothy's Range.  Get up close and personal with April Prusia and her love for her pigs, including the rare Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS) heritage breed. Learn about small scale meat processing.  Tour the tall grass prairie, burr oak savannah, sedge meadow, pig pasture and large gardens.

Little Red Home(Stead)
Meet Bethany Storm, an urban transplant who now runs a thriving homestead complete with perennial food crops, donkeys, goats and chickens. See how in this case new construction and building a farmhouse from the ground up can create new opportunities. Learn how Bethany now saves $15,000 annually in her family's budget by raising and DIY-ing their own harvest. Watch a YouTube video of the homestead during a concert on the property: https://youtu.be/eYwE5kxkrCw

SPECIAL NOTES:
Children under age 2 can join the bus tour for free assuming that they can sit on the lap of a parent on the bus.  All children, ages 2 to 18, must be accompanied by a paying adult.

While there are limited spaces on the bus tour, a minimum of paid registrants must be met in order for the bus tour to be offered. If the bus tour must be cancelled due to lack of paid registrants 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event, any paid registrants will be notified and refunded their payment in full.

PLEASE DO NOT VISIT FARMS PRIVATELY
Please respect the working farms and do not privately visit the farms outside workshop, culinary events or scheduled bus tours. Thanks for your understanding.

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUNDS.  SOIL SISTERS has a no refund policy, other than if minimum tour bus participants cannot be reached.  You can, however, transfer your ticket to another person, provided that person is in possession of the ticket at the time of the workshop or tour.
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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.

Location

New Glarus Village Park (View)
300 Railroad Street
New Glarus, WI 53574
United States

Categories

Education > Tours
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Pets & Animals

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

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