Environment

Environment
1:40 pm
Thu September 17, 2009

Organic Dairy Farm Cultivating Next Generation's Farmers

Right now Todd & Lily Lanis are interning at Krusenbaum's farm.

Dairy farming has been a part of Wisconsin’s landscape for generations. A small fraction of those operations is organic. WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence visited a couple committed to organic farming and to passing on their methods to the next generation.

This is the sound of 140 happy cows grazing a few miles outside Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

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Environment
12:59 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

One Step Closer to Sweet Water Goal

A few months ago WUWM News met three Milwaukee entrepreneurs who set their sights high. They hope to create a commercial aquaculture business in an old factory building in Bay View. The idea is to raise, and then sell, thousands of fish, using a natural filtering system that grows edible plants along the way. WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence visited Sweet Water Organics to see how the business is coming along.

This is a space transformed.

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Environment
8:49 am
Wed July 1, 2009

A Great Man of the Inland Seas

A page from Dr. Mortimer's "Lake Michigan in Motion."

Starting today, WUWM will provide stories on a regular basis, about environmental issues. We begin by meeting the person whose work led to the creation of UWM’s Great Lakes WATER Institute that sits along the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence introduces us to the man who’s considered by some to be the father of Great Lakes studies.

Dr. Clifford Mortimer is nearly a century old, but he’s not the least bit interested in slowing down.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Advocates Plant Seeds for Locally Grown Food

The movers and shakers of Victory Garden BLITZ

During World War II Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged Americans to plant Victory Gardens. The First Lady planted hers at the White House and some 20 million Americans followed her lead. They hoped to conserve fuel for the war effort and make sure there was enough food to go around.

Now a grassroots movement is spreading around the country to rekindle the tradition. Over the weekend a group of Milwaukee area residents will help plant vegetable beds in yards and shared spaces. It’s called the Victory Garden Blitz. WUWM’s Susan Bence got in on the group’s first planning meeting and has been watching its momentum grow.

Gretchen Mead calls herself a food activist.

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Environment
11:47 am
Wed March 4, 2009

A New Fish Business on Milwaukee's Horizon?

Jim Godsil in the middle of Sweet Water construction.

A couple of weeks ago, WUWM News visited a greenhouse on the city’s southside, where 7th & 8th graders manage an aquaculture system. They’re raising fish, using a natural filtering system that cleanses the water and grows edible plants along the way.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2008

A Magnificent Obsession

Nina Leopold Bradley

Aldo Leopold was a legendary environmentalist and forester. He spent almost two decades working with the U.S. Forest Service in the Southwest. Throughout his life Leopold loved observing, journaling and sketching his surrounding. That didn’t change when he transferred to work in Madison, Wisconsin.

Nina Leopold Bradley was a young girl in 1935, when her father Aldo invited his family on the adventure of a lifetime. A ramshackle farm caught his eye near the Wisconsin River, not far from Baraboo.

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Environment
11:00 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Airventure

Credit S Bence

Every year people who live to build and fly airplanes descend - literally - on Oshkosh Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual Airventure. What started more than 50 years ago as a gathering of a small groups of devotees has become the biggest such gathering in the world.

WUWM's Susan Bence drove up for an introduction to the spectacle and starts first in the War Birds area, where Stan Marcus from Oconomowoc and some comrades are just back from an early morning flight.

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Environment
11:16 am
Fri July 20, 2007

Fleeing to the Market

Ron and Kathy Kay sell all things Farberware.

Bargaining over one person's treasures and another's trash has become an American past time, but the idea dates back to 19th century France.

Just one hour southwest of Milwaukee one of the area's popular flea markets takes place four times a year in Elkhorn. Dating back to 1982, more than 500 vendors fill every inch of the grounds and squeeze into exhibit barns.

Our audio postcard from the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market was sent to us by Lake Effect's Susan Bence. She begins in the small animal barn.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 30, 2007

Slow Food Slips Into Milwaukee Vocabulary

Chef Dave Swanson

More than 20 years ago, a movement started to take shape in Rome, when angry Italians reacted to the first McDonalds in Rome. Slow Food International was born; today the nonprofit boasts more than 80,000 members. Their combined mission is to bring local food traditions away from drive-throughs and back into the home kitchen.

Martha Davis Kipcak, Dave Swanson and Steve Hargarten are members of Slow Food Southeast Wisconsin. Susan Bence joins them for dinner, and reports on the slow food movement.

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