Today the “eat local” movement in Milwaukee has spawned a pioneering urban farm scene, an ever-growing selection of farmers markets - including more winter markets - and CSAs (community supported agriculture, with homes buying shares of a farmer’s crop for delivery throughout the growing season).
But once, this was the only way to eat - local being a matter of opening the door and walking out to the garden.
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Mary Ann Ihm, founder of Wellspring, feeds a rooster in the farm’s hoop house. The farm at 4382 Hickory Road, Newburg, is believed to be the oldest CSA farm in Wisconsin.
“You name it, we got it. All our seeds are organic. We do a lot of heirloom varieties.”
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“It’s just sad. I work hard and my wife works for one of the largest corporations in the world. Where we are right now scares me.” - Joel Greeno (picture above)
Monroe County dairy farmer Joel Greeno works 90 to 100 hours a week. He and his wife, who works at a Wal-Mart distribution center, have a 4-year-old daughter and are expecting their second child at the end of April. Despite the fact that both are working, they qualify for health-care coverage through the state-funded BadgerCare program.
“If BadgerCare is wiped out or scaled back, a lot of these people won’t have health care anymore.” - John Peck, Director of Family Farm Defenders
Mr. Jones, 30, and his wife, Alicia, 27, are among an emerging group of people in their 20s and 30s who have chosen farming as a career. Many shun industrial, mechanized farming and list punk rock, Karl Marx, and the food journalist Michael Pollan, as their influences.