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The First CRAFT Field Day of 2015

On Tuesday, January 20th about 20 CRAFT members squeezed into Sheri Doyel’s home at Tiny Tempest Farm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Small Farm Operations Panel Discussion. The field day was originally supposed to be in a more ‘farmy’ room in one of the barns but the heater was too loud and the room was too cold… So we took to the indoors.

The panelists were: Sheri Doyel of Tiny Tempest Farm, Chris Prchal of Trogg’s Hollow, and Alissa Moore of Wild Ridge Farm. After introductions the panelists went over the details of their farms to give the attendees an idea of what type of information the panelists could offer. The three main topics discussed were access to markets, family relations and time management and viability. The first hour was spent discussing access to markets with a focus on farmers markets, the use of social media and websites. After warming up and a nice discussion on access to markets, we broke for lunch.

The potluck was a hit and conversation was flowing. I spoke with a guest from Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Jessica Surma, who joined us to see what CRAFT field days are all about. We also had one CRAFT member attending a field day for their first time! Lots of excitement was happening at the first CRAFT field day for 2015.

The second half of the field day touched on how to juggle a family, social life, and a farm plus how to best manage and keep track of your time and pay as a farmer. The discussion ended with the much important topic of viability focusing on scale and profitability. At the end of the day, after a few minutes of open discussion, Sheri took everyone out on a nice walk-about to see the farm.

With such a nice turnout for the first CRAFT field day of the year, I’m looking forward to announcing and attending the rest of the CRAFT field days for 2015!


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