organic farming

Environment
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Organic Farmers Want to Grow Profits in Addition to Healthy Foods

Janet Gamble farms 14 acres in rural Walworth County. One greenhouse help her get a head start on planting; the other extends her growing season.
Credit S Bence

Among the myriad of topics organic farmers are discussing at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin is how to stay small and make a profit.

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Environment
12:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Demystifying a Farming Philosophy - Biodynamics

Annual harvest of dandelions on Zinniker farm

Not all, that many years ago, organic farming might have elicited the rolling of eyes. Today, the practice of growing products without chemicals seems common. However, a related approach remains relatively unknown.

Called biodynamics, it involves the use of harvested plants and remains of dead animals. Advocates kicked off a five-day North American conference in Madison on Wednesday.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out to learn more about the farming practice that dates back to the turn of the last century.

She begins at a dandelion harvesting event outside of Elkhorn.

You many find a few descriptions “unsavory.”

Petra Duffner knew nothing about biodynamics – until 1991.

That was the year she took a break from college in her native Germany and landed on this farm in southeastern Wisconsin.



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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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