On Sunday, May 14, Meet Two of Our Partner Farms
Recently 58 Wisconsin family dairy farms received notice that their milk contracts were terminated because of changes in Canada’s milk pricing policies. Creameries and cheese makers around the state have reached out to purchase milk from these farms, but it could be a temporary fix.
What can you do to help? Look at labels and buy Wisconsin dairy products to increase the market for Wisconsin milk. Better yet, help two families at once and donate to the Great American Milk Drive at https://milklife.com. It provides vouchers to local, needy families to purchase milk. Vouchers are distributed through Second Harvest’s infrastructure.
Since 2009 St. Sebastian has been promoting economic justice for small farmers as well as earth stewardship, both tenets of Catholic Social Teaching, through our collaboration with the Food, Faith and Farming Network and Scotch Hill Farm, a certified organic vegetable grower. That collaboration is now expanding to Green Fire Farm, a grass-based, diversified livestock operation. This sixth-generation farm in Monticello, Wisconsin was so popular at our recent Winter Farmers Market that the farmers have agreed to make pre-ordered regular deliveries to the area every six weeks.
Here’s how you can connect to these farmers and what they offer:
1 – MEET FARMERS IN PERSON: On Sunday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Sebastian, you can meet the hard-working farmers of both Scotch Hill Farm and Green Fire Farm. Both farms will have some eggs, spring vegetables and grass-fed meat for sale on May 14. Stop by anytime in the Multi-Purpose Room – before 10:30 mass likely will be less busy.
- Scotch Hill Farm will have details on its certified organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) weekly vegetable delivery to the St. Sebastian neighborhood. To preview or print the CSA veggie delivery registration form go to http://bit.ly/SebsVeg . You can sign up for pre-paid weekly deliveries in person on May 14 or via regular mail until the end on May. Afraid you can’t use all the vegetables you’ll get each week? Consider splitting the subscription with someone and pick up veggies every other week. If you need help finding a partner household contact Rhonda at 640-3805. Each subscription helps these farmers continue their earth friendly, sustainable farming practice and you get great tasting, certified organic vegetables in return!
- Green Fire Farm will also be present and can explain how it practices “regenerative agriculture” in raising its livestock and running their farm. You can sign up to receive advance notice of when they’ll be in the neighborhood so you can pre-order beef, pork, chicken and/or eggs, then pick up and pay upon delivery. If you want to pre-order meat to pick up on May 14, e-mail farmer Jacob Marty at Jacob@greenfirfarmllc.com to request an order form. Here’s a recent article about the farm.
2 – VISIT THEIR WEBSITES: Can’t meet them in person on May 14th? Take time to review their websites. You can then contact them by phone or e-mail with your questions. The farms’ websites are at: http://www.scotchhillfarm.com and www.greenfirefarmllc.com .
Feel free to contact Rhonda VanPembrook from the Human Concerns Committee at 414-640-3805 if you have questions about CSA or delivery specifics for either farm.