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Fields and Crops at Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm in Wisconsin

Roots to Fruit Community Education Conference

By Laurel Blomquist | Last Saturday, we were invited to exhibit at the Prairie Hill Waldorf School’s 6th annual parent conference. This year’s conference theme was Parenting and Education Toward Goodness, Beauty, and Truth. When we heard one of the breakout sessions was titled “Creating Your Family Culture” we knew it would be a good fit for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, like us.

This year at Gwenyn Hill Farm, we are offering a vegetable CSA share. Most CSA shares are an assortment of that week’s vegetables packed into a box and delivered to pick up sites (usually a neighbor’s porch). We are doing something a little different.

Since Gwenyn Hill is so close to such a large, vibrant community, and because the farm is rich in natural beauty, we are inviting our members to come to the farm each week to pick up their vegetables. But the differences don’t stop there. We are going to arrange our vegetables, farmers market style, out on tables for members to choose.

We will also have a kids’ area with a kid-sized table, some raw kid-friendly veggie samples, and age-appropriate books on farming, vegetables, and seeds. For the adults, there will be recipe demos and samples for parents looking for an easy way to prepare healthy meals.

Lastly, there will be a U-Pick area for members. Members and their families can venture into the field and harvest seasonal crops such as peas, beans, and beautiful flowers. What better way to connect with nature and with your food than to get out there and experience it?

We believe that all of these activities are a great way to “create your family food culture.” It was wonderful to meet local parents and connect with them about this important topic.

How do you create your family culture? Tell us in the comments!

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