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Bus Tour of Farms: Homesteads in the Driftless Area
Village Park
New Glarus, WI
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Interested in living closer to the land, cultivating conservation and crafting a greener lifestyle?  Yes, you can!  Take a behind-the-scenes bus tour of three inspiring Soil Sisters farmsteads doing just that.  With a focus on land conservation and sustainability, this guided bus tour will introduce you to a trio of diversified women doing everything from planting prairies to cultivating aronia to raising goats -- all while feeding their families and communities.  Small-scale agriculture will be covered and, of course, opportunity for goat selfies.

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 New Glarus and Blanchardville area Soil Sisters and take a "behind the scenes" tour of their farms:

Harmony Farm (New Glarus)
Nestled in the valleys of beautiful New Glarus, Harmony Farm is a small woman-owned and operated farm. Brandi is passionate about sustainable agriculture, responsibly raised food, and the joy and health of our animals and the earth.  The farm offers wetlands, restored trout stream, prairie, and a meditation labyrinth.  "We raise pastured meat goats and poultry, and our motto has always been 'Respect and care, from pasture to plate.'"  

Barham Gardens (Blanchardville)
After raising commercial cut flowers for 10 years, Barham Gardens transitioned to growing Certified Organic Aronia Berries and their orchard now includes over 1,000 plants.  Aronia is a native Midwest superfruit with the highest antioxidant of any fruit or vegetable and is the basis of a liqueur they sell.  A leading aronia advocate, Roberta served as president of the Midwest Aronia Association. She also weaves handwoven rugs and crafts felted accessories in her loom studio. The Barhams are working on grassland bird habitat development and restoring native Oak Savanna using goats to control undergrowth and recently completed construction of their cordwood masonry home.

Driftless Prairies (Blanchardville)
Driftless Prairies, a 30-year dream, provides a native haven for wildlife. We do this with a simple management plan  nurture and increase native plants, trees, and bushes while decreasing the non-native, invasive plants. Our 60 acres supports over 200 plant species and over 30 natives trees and bush species. Why is this important? As the non-native vegetation replaces the natives, insect diversity dwindles. Insects are the protein source necessary for baby birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals to survive. Marci studies and documents the wildlife (including insects) and plants. Her work also embraces science research and writing that explains the balancing act of ecosystem restoration and its many interconnected parts.  

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. Notwithstanding the CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUNDS explained below, if the bus tour must be cancelled due to lack of paid registrants 2 weeks prior to the schedule event, any paid registrants will be notified and refunded their payment in full.  

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 Renewing the Countryside and the participating farms, thanks for participating in SOIL SISTERS. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES 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. HELP US GROW Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SOIL SISTERS, a program of Renewing the Countryside. A gift of any size helps sustain this annual event. There are also Major Sponsorship Levels as well if you, your organization, or your business would like to support the educational work we do. To learn more on how you can help grow SOIL SISTERS, please visit: https://renewingthecountryside.nationbuilder.com/soil_sisters_donation. As a way of offering thanks for becoming a Major Sponsor, there are special features of various Major Sponsorship levels.


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


Education > Tours
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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