It is with great pleasure that I announce the Leadership Team of the Cable Community Farm! Our Leadership Team is comprised of the Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors. The Board of Directors includes: Aaron Campbell, Katie Hancock, Holly Hart, Kristine Lendved, Caroline Perkins, Rose Rothstein, Emily Stone, Susan Thurn, and Kelli Tuttle. Each of these individuals has committed to serving on the board in order to help the organization get off to the best start possible. The Board of Advisors includes Mimi Crandall, Jason Fischbach, Arthur Hancock, Candis Hankins, Dorothy Lagerroos, Suzanne Rooney, and Eric Schubring. The advisors each have expertise that we will call upon from time to time. All of us are excited about furthering the mission of the Cable Community Farm: growing food and building community!
A Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and take a book and return a book to share with their neighbors. It began in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said “Free Books”.
The newest Little Free Library in Wisconsin was established last month at the Cable Community Farm. It’s steward is Carla Peterson, who lives in Cable and is active in many aspects of community life. “The best thing about the Cable Community Farm Free Little Library is that the love of reading will spread throughout our community!” says Peterson. “My Little Free Library, I hope, will be GREAT reading for young kids and adults, to help everybody read more freely without book fines!” Not only are there no fines for overdue books, but the Little Free Library is open twenty-four hours a day and no library card is needed. The box itself was donated by a program through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and was made by inmates who are learning carpentry skills while incarcerated.
The mission of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community by sharing skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. Today, Little Free Library is a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status from the IRS. By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world is conservatively estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000, with thousands more being built every week.
For more information about Little Free Libraries, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org. You can also “like” the Cable Community Farm Little Free Library on Facebook. If you have a few books to donate, just bring them by and put them into the box!
The mission of the Cable Community Farm is to grow food and build community. While the summer was busy with twenty-five community gardeners growing all kinds of food, the Harvest Dinner held on October 8 was all about building community. The Cable Community Farm hosted a Harvest Dinner as the first of the CARE Community Dinners, held in Cable once a month.
The Harvest Dinner was different from previous Community Dinners in that it was potluck style. The table was laden with roast beets, rutabagas, cabbage strudel, zucchini bread, and tomato soup, just to name a few of the dishes created from the bounty of the harvest. The crowd was an equally pleasant mix of folks from the CARE organization, children and adults from the Drummond Explorers 4-H group who had volunteered to help set up and clean up, community members who arrived on foot and on bicycle, and the community gardeners.
Then, as if a town-wide potluck isn’t charming enough, there were the unique aspects of the event that can only happen in a town that cares about its community. The long tables were set with pretty napkins, green with tiny pink and yellow flowers, that had been donated to the community farm by a quilting group. One of the gardeners had a bushel basket full of crab apples and whoever could come close to guessing the number of apples in the basket was rewarded with a jar of homemade jelly. The door prizes consisted of bouquets of sunflowers and a book about community farming. There were plates of food being kept warm in the oven for community members who would stop in after work while the cleanup team was washing dishes by hand. The group had decided to use real dishes so as not to produce much waste.
All in all, the Harvest Dinner was a wonderful opportunity for gardeners to talk about their gardens, for cooks to talk about their dishes, and for neighbors to talk about the changing weather. Enjoy these pictures and let’s do it again next year!
Tuesday, October 8, 5 to 6pm
Cable Community Center
Everyone is welcome! Bring a neighbor!
Bring a dish to share. Beverages (and cake!) provided.
Calling all gardeners!
Everybody is welcome to participate in these FREE workshops presented by Jason Fischbach, the UW Extension Agriculture and Horticulture Agent for Ashland and Bayfield Counties. Information is geared for the home gardener and is specific to our northern climate.
Organic Weed and Pest Control
Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 pm
Building Healthy Soil in Your Garden
Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 pm
Cable Community Farm
13765 Perry Lake Road
Cable, WI 54821
It was a busy week at the Cable Community Farm! On Wednesday, we hosted a presentation about growing mushrooms that was put on by the Cable Natural History Museum. Our experts, Joe and Mary Ellen, helped us innoculate oyster mushrooms into toilet paper rolls and shitaake mushrooms onto logs! They have a fantastic website with supplies to grow your own mushrooms: www.fieldforest.net. It’s easier than you might think!
At Redbery Storytime, we ready books about organic gardening, “mean green beans”, and tractors, sang vegetable songs, dug a few potatoes, and shared gardening jokes. (What do you call it when worms take over the world? global worming!). A wonderful time was had by the kids and their grownups!
Sundays and Wednesdays 4 – 7 pm
Beginning July 28
Everyone is invited to share in the fun of weeding, harvesting, and taking some fresh food home.
FREE FOOD MONDAYS
Beginning July 29
Free, fresh, organic food is located in the first building to the right at the Cable Community Farm.
The Cable Community Farm is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.
8:00 am to noon
Bring your extra seeds and seedlings!
Bring a picnic item to share at noon.
The soil has been cultivated, plowed, and tilled. The plots have been marked out. It’s time to plant! We will be planting two gardens: a food garden for the Cable Area Food Shelf and a flower garden for the Chequamegon Children’s Theater.
The first “community work day” was a great success! Despite the cold and windy weather, we accomplished our goal for the day: clearing the one acre plot of unnecessary fencing material and lots of rusty, heavy, metal pieces. We also got fence posts in place to raise the height of the fence. All of this was followed by a delicious potluck lunch, lots of laughter, and a feeling of satisfaction about our efforts.
The following Saturday was equally chilly, so we focused our efforts on our shared space and cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen. A warm and friendly coffee-and-doughnut chat broke up the morning’s tasks. We’re off to a fantastic start!
After a well-attended meeting of potential gardeners at the Cable Community Farm last week, we were able to figure out the garden plot sizes that will fit the needs of most of you. The garden plots will come in three sizes: 5 X 30, 30 X 30, and 60 X 30. You may have as many as you like. And…due to our late start…all garden plots will be free of charge for the 2013 growing season! There’s plenty of space for everybody, so it’s not too late to sign up. On the website (www.cablecommunityfarm.org), under “Forms”, click on the “2013 Garden Plot Application Form”.