Help Otis Retire!

“Otis”, our 1939 Ford 9N tractor, is long overdue for retirement!  Oh, we’ll still use Otis for a parade every now and again and maybe to pull a trailer around the farm, but the Cable Community Farm needs a more powerful tractor to keep up with all of the work around the farm.  We’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a new (used) tractor.  You can help by following this link and making an online donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/helpotisretire

We envision a community with abundant access to healthy, affordable food.  Your donation will help us further the mission of our organization and make Cable a better community for all of us!

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What a summer!

It has been an exciting summer at the Cable Community Farm!  We’ve hosted the Drummond School Edventure Club, girl scout groups, 4-H groups, and the Jr. Naturalists from the Cable Natural History Museum.  We’ve grown tons (literally!) of fresh produce, raised chickens and ducks, housed a family of grey foxes, had three terrific interns from Northland College, held classes and workshops, and planted a native plant pollinator garden.  Now we are developing a “Downtown Garden” for residents in downtown Cable.  

Metro Maznio, board member and nature enthusiast, teaches children about bluebirds

Metro Maznio, board member and nature enthusiast, teaches children about bluebirds

25 Community Gardeners had impressive yields of fresh produce!

25 Community Gardeners had impressive yields of fresh produce!

Barb Larson, a volunteer in the Growing Together Garden, harvesting potatoes for the Cable Area Food Shelf

Barb Larson, a volunteer in the Growing Together Garden, harvesting potatoes for the Cable Area Food Shelf

We added a dozen laying hens to the Community Coop and raised Cornish X Broilers and Pekin Ducks for a local source of meat.

We added a dozen laying hens to the Community Coop and raised Cornish X Broilers and Pekin Ducks for a local source of meat.

A family of grey foxes lived under the farmhouse, attracting lots of attention from local wildlife photographers.

A family of grey foxes lived under the farmhouse, attracting lots of attention from local wildlife photographers.

Taylor, Dane, and Rosie, students at Northland College, were our first summer interns.

Taylor, Dane, and Rosie, students at Northland College, were our first summer interns.

Sarah Boles, of Northern Native Plantscapes, led a hands-on workshop to help us install a native plant pollinator garden.

Sarah Boles, of Northern Native Plantscapes, led a hands-on workshop to help us install a native plant pollinator garden.

Kathy Bergin, Caroline Perkins, and Katie Hancock participating in a Food Preservation class.  We made herbed vinegar and vegetable soup!

Kathy Bergin, Caroline Perkins, and Katie Hancock participating in a Food Preservation class. We made herbed vinegar and vegetable soup!

Laura Piehl, Project Director for the Downtown Garden, is looking for gardeners and mentors to provide gardening expertise.

Laura Piehl, Project Director for the Downtown Garden, is looking for gardeners and mentors to provide gardening expertise.

Garden Fest at the Farm

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

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Cost: $30
Class Size: 10
Registration: 715-798-5244

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.

Beekeeping 101
1 to 2 pm

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Cost: $10
Class Size: No limit
Registration: 715-798-5244

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

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.

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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!

Keeping a Garden Journal

Let’s Get Growing: Keeping a Garden Journal

Saturday, March 28, 9 to 11 am Cable Community Farm

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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. Dorothy

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 katie@cablecommunityfarm.org.

2015 Vegetable of the Year!

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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!

 

2014 Annual Report

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!

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Travel Green Wisconsin

The Cable Community Farm is now a certified member of the Travel Green Wisconsin program!

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.

Community Halloween Party

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Redbery Halloween Storytime and Community Halloween Party

Friday, October 31

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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!