At the Cable Community Farm, we have projects and programs to help us grow food and help our neighbors learn how to do the same.
The Community Chicken Coop began in 2014, with a group of community members calling themselves the “Chicken Tenders” communally caring for a flock of laying hens. The hens produced 3,915 eggs in 2015! The Community Coop is starting fresh in 2020 with 25 baby chicks. It will be a mixed flock with Black Australorps, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Dominiques, and Auracanas. These hens will begin laying eggs in the fall of 2020. If you’d like to be a “Chicken Tender”, contact Liz Schneller, Community Coop Project Leader, at 1-608-343-1693.
Beekeeping is an important part of our farm activity. Bees pollinate the flowering crops and will eventually produce honey. For more information, contact Monte Lewis, the Community Apiary Project Leader, at 651-295-6221.
The Community Seed Library is housed in the Farmhouse at the Cable Community Farm. This project is co-sponsored by the Forest Lodge Library.
Little Farmers is a place for parents and their young children to play, explore, and learn about farming, located in and around the old barn at the Cable Community Farm. Features include a Children’s Garden, Riding Tractors, a Reading Stage, and a Pea Planting Activity Table. Little Farmers is open on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 6:00 pm or by special arrangement.
The Vegetable of the Year campaign began in 2015 as a riff on the “one book, one community” idea with a goal of inspiring people to grow some of their own food. Packets of seed, along with growing instructions, are given away at local businesses and at the Drummond Elementary School. Thanks to our Local Business Heroes, who support the Vegetable of the Year project! Artwork created by local artist, Mimi Crandall.