There is a deep history of African American farms and cooperative living strategies. UW-Madison professor of environmental justice Monica M. White writes of its impact on farming movements of today in her new book, "Freedom Farmers." Read more

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Kattia Jimenez

Wisconsin was once a leader in hemp production. Now that growing hemp is legal again, many farmers are trying to relearn what their grandparents knew well. The learning curve is steep. Read more

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Sustainable farmers and seed savers are highlighted in the Food and Farms Film Festival. Read more

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Eric Lewandowski

L’Etoile founder and celebrity chef Odessa Piper talks about the future of farm-to-table and why she keeps coming back to Madison. Read more



Linda Falkenstein

Photographing dairy cows is no do-it-yourself, amateur art. Cybil Fisher has made a career of it. She has a few tools at her disposal, including a team of cow wranglers, spray paint, an orange monkey on a stick and a bucket of feed. Read more



Crystal Colon

Peacefully Organic is a veteran-run and veteran-focused farm and CSA. Working with the land and providing food is both therapeutic and a new way to serve. Read more



Lauren Justice

​Equinox Community Farm uses a “water wheel transplanter” to make planting season go a little smoother. But as Steven Potter learns, it’s still hard work. Read more


​How has the community model worked out for small farms? Even with the economic boost of money paid upfront, farmers face many challenges and need to keep innovating. Read more

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