Cable Garden Fest
“a celebration of life through gardening”
with educational workshops, live music, food and drink, arts and crafts vendors
Saturday, June 20
Bent Willow Trellis Workshop
9 to 11 am
Class Size: 10
Learn the basics of bent wood construction and complete a project ready for installation in your own garden. No experience necessary, but each participant should bring the following: a charged cordless drill, loppers, pruning shears, small hammer, pliers, and wire cutter. All of the wood, hardware and drill bits will be provided.
1 to 2 pm
Class Size: No limit
This hands-on workshop is for those who are curious about bees and those getting started with beekeeping. It will cover the fundamentals of beekeeping, proper equipment, diseases and pests, and a discussion of honey harvest and extraction. Participants will learn how bees communicate with each other in the hive and why bees are so important to the earth’s food supply.
You must pre-register for the Garden Fest workshops. For a complete list of workshop opportunities, here’s the list:
2015 Garden Fest Educational workshops and descriptions
Spring Work Days at the Farm
Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 23
9 am to 3 pm
Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch at noon.
Community Garden Orientation Meetings will be held at 1:00 pm on each of the Saturdays. Community Gardeners need to attend one of these meetings to learn the ins and outs of community gardening.
We have plenty of projects, including painting outbuildings, moving compost, pulling fence posts, marking garden plots, sorting seeds for the seed library, and general spring clean-up! Plan to join us for all or part of the day…volunteering is good for people and good for our community!
Let’s Get Growing: Keeping a Garden Journal
Saturday, March 28, 9 to 11 am Cable Community Farm
Gardening is a learning experience, and the best way to remember the lessons your garden teaches is to keep a record of your successes and failures. There is no one way to keep a journal. Your journal can record anything that is important to you. In this workshop you will get ideas for what to record, how to use the journal to help you improve your gardening, and you will even come home with a journal already started.
Please join Master Gardener Dorothy Lagerroos for this hands-on workshop. Dorothy has been keeping a journal for over 25 years and still finds it satisfying. This workshop is free of charge, but you must preregister by 3/25. To pre-register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Vegetable of the Year watercolor painting by Mimi Crandall.
The Cable Community Farm is pleased to announce that the 2015 Vegetable of the Year is KALE! She’s the queen of greens and you won’t believe what a powerful punch she packs as far as nutrition goes. Kale is cold-hardy, drought-tolerant, easy to grow and easy to prepare. We will be giving away 1,000 packets of kale seed throughout the community this spring, complete with growing instructions and recipes. Stay tuned for kale events taking place all over Cable!
Letter From the Executive Director:
2014 has been an exciting year for our organization. In August, we received our letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service stating that we are now recognized as a 501©3 nonprofit organization. In October, we learned that we have been recognized as a Travel Green Wisconsin destination. We are proud of both of these distinctions because it means that we have joined the ranks of other organizations within our community and across the globe who are working to make the world a better place. To read the entire letter and the complete annual report, download the 2014 Annual Report. Happy New Year!
The Cable Community Farm is now a certified member of the Travel Green Wisconsin program!
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism proudly welcomes the Cable Community Farm as a certified member of its Travel Green Wisconsin program. With a longstanding conservation legacy, this program furthers Wisconsin’s commitment to sustainability. While it seems a natural fit for a community farm to be engaged in sustainable practices, the Cable Community Farm is exemplary in its focus on reducing waste and using recycled materials whenever possible. “Wisconsin has a longstanding tradition of conservation and Travel Green Wisconsin is an opportunity for businesses to further distinguish themselves for their sustainable practices,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “We applaud their commitment to making sustainability a priority to their business, knowing the importance of doing our part now preserves our natural resources and treasures for future generations.” “The process of completing the application was very informative in and of itself”, states Katie Hancock, Director of the Cable Community Farm. “It was easy for us to gain points for producing organic food, composting, recycling, and encouraging healthy lifestyles, however the application also highlighted many ways that we can improve, such as creating an environmental policy for our organization and reducing our energy consumption. Our Leadership Team is committed to setting goals to strengthen our environmental performance and communicating our efforts to the public.” Plans are underway for a native plant garden to attract native pollinators and there have already been efforts to eliminate invasive species from the property. In addition, a self-guided tour of the community farm will soon be available to help visitors learn about conservation efforts and sustainable agriculture practices.
Redbery Halloween Storytime and Community Halloween Party
Friday, October 31
4:00 Redbery Storytime in the farmhouse
5:00 – 9:00 pm Hayrides, Haunted Barn, Bonfire, Treats
This event is free of charge and everybody is welcome! Wear your costumes! Spooky fun for kids of all ages!