Adventures in Agriculture

When is the last time you ate a cranberry? Was it the holidays last year? Or maybe dried cranberries in your lunch? Here in Wisconsin cranberries are a big deal. The earliest memories I have about cranberries are stringing them together with popcorn as a garland for ou...

What makes me who I am today? The short answer, Wisconsin. Why? That’s a longer story. 

Hi everyone, my name is Grace Schroeder, and I am a young woman with many titles. I could be called a farmer’s daughter or a soon-to-be college graduate; however, my favorite title i...

Days before starting first grade, my family moved to Wisconsin and purchased a small farm in Chippewa Falls. Although all three of my sisters and I had many interests, our lives revolved around the farm and the work that had to be done there every day. Feeding calves,...

During my childhood, I found myself falling in love with all the Disney princess movies just like any other girl. I began to look up to them because I admired the certain characteristics of each princess. As I grew older, I realized I too possess some of the same quali...

For the last time, chocolate milk does not come from a brown cow!

Have you ever found yourself explaining where food comes from to someone who doesn’t know much about agriculture? Perhaps it’s on something more complex than chocolate milk and brown cows.

People are becom...

In a world of constant hustle and bustle, it’s important to take the time to soak in your surroundings. I often stand in the footprints of my ancestors to acknowledge the land they tended to and pieces they’ve left. What still stands on the acreage my family cleared is...

When you picture a Wisconsin barn, what does it look like? They come in all different shapes and sizes across our state. From the red barn at your grandpa’s farm, to your uncle’s 1,000 cow dairy, there is a place for all in Wisconsin agriculture. My barn didn’t look th...

Hidden just below the soil’s surface in Marathon and surrounding counties lies an international gem. Grown for generations in the central part of the state, American ginseng roots have been cultivated in Wisconsin for more than 100 years. Each ginseng root grown in the...

Before I ran for Alice in Dairyland, I had little idea of what ginseng was, how it was grown, or what it even looked like! Fast forward to today, after touring several ginseng operations in Wisconsin, I have discovered how important this small root is to our agricultur...

Today’s farmers are continually innovating when it comes to new methods of growing and raising our food supply. Aquaponics, a process which allows producers to raise and grow both a protein and vegetable crop simultaneously, has seen an increase in popularity.

Aquaponic...

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