Farming, Gardening, and Sustainability Workshops


10:00-11:30: Sustainable Forestry in the Driftless: Paul Bader

This presentation will include discussion of the natural and not so natural history of Southwest Wisconsin’s forests. Included will be a short presentation on the known pre-settlement, post settlement and present forest “management.” Timber and non-timber forest products and their markets will be discussed along with some of the current sustainable techniques used to manage forests for various landowner objectives.

Paul Bader and his family own and manage 60 acres of woodland in  Webster Township. Paul attended the UW-Whitewater in the late 60’s, where he studied biology and chemistry. He’s managed and served on the board of many manufacturing businesses, including wood stoves and sawmill machinery. Paul currently works as co-op coordinator for the Kickapoo Woods Co-op, where he serves on the board of directors, coordinates development, and maintains daily operations. In addition, he serves on the land management committee of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

12:00 – 1:30: Fresh Garden Vegetables - Extend Your Season!: Janet Gamble and Harriet Behar

With minimal planning and capital, you can prepare to harvest fresh from the garden vegetables into late fall and winter. Harriet and Janet will discuss a wide variety of strategies targeted to the home gardener. They will discuss both low tech and higher tech ways of extending the season, as well as root cellaring and storage of vegetables.  Attendees will gain  knowledge to plant a fall garden of greens and plan ahead for covering these as well as root crops in the garden.  Janet and Harriet will discuss good storage temps and humidity to keep some vegetables into spring and which types and varieties do best.

Janet Gamble has been gardening professionally for 30 years.  For the past 12 years, Janet has been Garden Student Program Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute with on-going education for professional farmers and educators.  She also runs her own organic vegetable operation.

Harriet Behar- MOSES organic specialist.  Harriet has been growing organic vegetables for over 30 years and has visited over 2000 farms as an organic inspector.  With her husband, she has a certified organic farm and harvests fresh vegetables year round.

2:00-3:00: Seedball Making with HOMEGROWN: Cornelia Hoskin

Come make seedballs with!  We will mix up organic compost, red clay powder, a bit of water and a whole lot of seeds to create the finest in throwable and sharable future edibles. Seedballs are a great way to gift a little green to friends and neighbors.

Cornelia Hoskin: Being the HOMEGROWN Shepherdess means that Cornelia is responsible for – Farm Aid’s online gathering place for eaters and growers who celebrate the “culture” in agriculture and share skills like growing, cooking and food preservation. Cornelia has never actually herded sheep, but she is obsessed with food and is always curious to know what people are eating.

3:30 – 5:00: Introduction to Seed Saving: Shannon Carmody

Learn the basics of seed saving for your favorite garden vegetables. The concepts of isolation, cross-pollination, and hand pollinating will be explained to help in planning your garden for seed saving. Techniques for processing garden seed will also be discussed and demonstrated.
Shannon Carmody started working at Seed Savers Exchange about one year ago as an intern in their Education department. She now continues to teach about seed saving techniques as an Education Assistant.


10:00 – 11:30: Traveling by Bicycle: True Ecotourism: Bjorn Bergman and Jeremy Gragert

Does traveling always need to be at the expense of the environment?  Not when you travel by bicycle!  Learn firsthand from two experienced bicycle travelers about how to prepare, plan and depart on your first bicycle trip or vacation.  Topics covered in the workshop include: why travel by bike, choosing the right bicycle, what equipment is recommended, what to know about bikes, how to prepare for the trip, how to stay safe while riding, finding a riding route, finding places to stay, and what to eat.

Bjorn Bergman is a car-free resident of nearby Viroqua, WI.  He owns three bicycles and uses them as his primary mode of transportation.  During the summer of 2009, he and his friend Jeremy Gragert went on a two month long 2000-mile bicycle trip in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.  Bjorn enjoys empowering others to become less fossil fuel dependent by using alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles.

Jeremy Gragert - In 2009 Jeremy founded the UW-La Crosse Green Transportation Council. He has never owned a car and travels primarily by bicycle year-round. He is a community organizer in efforts to make it easier to bicycle and use public transportation in Western Wisconsin for the past five years.  Jeremy received awards for his leadership from the Governor of the State of Wisconsin in 2007, and the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club in 2008.

12:00 – 1:30: Planting Fresh Seeds:  How Women are Transforming Sustainability: Lisa Kivirist

Want to blend your passion for making difference with earning a living?  A significant, inspiring transformation is erupting across rural and urban America alike:  women crafting careers that prioritize healthy food, family, sustainability and transforming our world. Come hear the inspiring stories and experiences of women leaders in the sustainability movement and build your own idea bank, network, resource list and action plan to craft a livelihood that reflects your values. 

Lisa Kivirist, a distinguished Kellogg Food & Society Policy Fellow, is co-author, with her husband, John Ivanko, of the award-winning ECOpreneuring:  Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits and Rural Renaissance:  Renewing the Quest for the Good Life, Capturing the American Dream of FarmLliving for Contemporary Times.Kivirist directs the MOSES Rural Women’s Project, writes the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN), Hobby Farm Home, and is a lead writer for Renewing the Countryside, an organization showcasing rural entrepreneurial and agricultural success stories. She and her family run the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast on their farm in southwest Wisconsin, completely powered by renewable energy and considered amongst the “Top Ten Eco-Destinations in North America.”

2:00 – 3:00: Beaver and the Hydrology of North America: Donald L. Hey

Beavers offer a simple part of the solution to North America's problems of poor water quality, loss of biodiversity, and escalating flood damage. This presentation will focus on allowing beavers to coexist with our world, as well as understanding how they help manage natural resources and preserve wetland biodiversity. Dr. Hey will address the history of the beaver species, their role in today's world, how to coexist alongside them, and what they bring "to the table" both scientifically and historically.

Donald L. Hey is co-founder of The Wetlands Initiative, Inc, and serves on its board of directors. He also is executive director of Wetlands Research, Inc., which manages the Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project in Lake County, Illinois, one of the nation's first large-scale wetland restoration projects. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, an M.S. in water resources engineering from Kansas University, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Northwestern University. His research interests focus on the restoration of river and wetland systems and the development of low-cost management programs for sustaining natural aquatic ecosystems. He is co-author of A Case for Wetland Restoration (Wiley & Sons, 1999) and numerous articles.

3:30 – 5:00: Laying Hen Management and Egg Production: Dan Badtke

This presentation will explain all the necessary knowledge of raising chickens and producing eggs. Dan will discuss the best places to buy chickens as well as techniques for raising them. Such issues as feed, protection from predators, outside access and coop design will be explained. The presentation will also address length of time until a hen lays, pros and cons of roosters, and best breeds. Dan will explain how to construct the best living quarters with bedding, nesting boxes, and fencing.

Dan Badtke lives outside Viroqua on a diversified farm.  He farrows and raises feeder pigs and finish hogs on pasture, as well as buying young calves and raising them through the winter and following summer, selling them as yearling feeders.  He grows certified organic crops and sells maple syrup and shitake mushrooms at local farmers markets.

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