Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a “community farm”?
A: The Cable Community Farm has a mission to grow food and build community. The “community” aspect is central to everything that we do, from providing access to garden space for community members to growing food for members of our community who use the local food shelf to providing educational opportunities that are open to everybody in the community. The Community Orchard, Community Chicken Coop, Community Apiary, and Community Seed Library are other ways that we provide resources for the community. We also value collaboration with our neighbors, local businesses and other organizations, which we find strengthen community relationships and build community resilience.
Q: Can I visit the Cable Community Farm?
A: Yes! Visitors are welcome to visit anytime during daylight hours. There is a self-guided tour and map available at the kiosk.
Q: Can I bring my dog to the Cable Community Farm?
A: Yes. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not permitted in the garden spaces or near the farm animals.
Q: Do you offer tours at the Cable Community Farm?
A: We would love to have an opportunity to give a tour to your group. In the past, we have had school groups, 4-H groups, church youth groups, and other groups visit. To arrange for a tour, contact Katie Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I help out at the Cable Community Farm?
A: Yes! We have scheduled Work Days in the spring and fall where volunteers take care of seasonal tasks. We welcome volunteer assistance in the Growing Together Garden from June through September. Community volunteers work together to produce food for the Food Shelf and Free Food Mondays in the Growing Together Garden. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Growing Together Garden Project Leader Liz Schneller at 608-343-1693. All volunteers must sign a waiver and release form prior to working at the Cable Community Farm.
Q: What are Free Food Mondays?
A: We have a large garden space called the Growing Together Garden where we grow food for members of our community who lack access to affordable, healthy food. During the harvest season, we harvest the Growing Together Garden on Sunday afternoons and put the fresh produce in the “Milk House” building at the farm. This produce is available for anybody who wants it on Mondays. Donations are accepted.
Q: Who owns the Cable Community Farm?
A: The property was purchased in 2013 by Arthur and Katie Hancock for the purpose of establishing a community farm. The Cable Community Farm leases the property from the Hancocks. The lease is for a ten-year period with the option to renew the terms.
Q: Are donations to the Cable Community Farm tax deductible?
A: The Cable Community Farm is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization and financial donations and in-kind contributions may be tax deductible. Feeling generous today?
Q: What is “sustainable agriculture”?
A: In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food or plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthy food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same. The primary benefits of sustainable agriculture are environmental preservation, protection of public health, upholding animal welfare, and contributing to thriving communities. This is in direct contrast to industrial agriculture, which relies on resource-intensive inputs like synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides that deplete and degrade soil, reduce biodiversity, and generate air and water pollutants that threaten the health of farmworkers and consumers.
If you still have questions, please feel free to email Cheyanne Reeves, Executive Director, at email@example.com.