Most of the state’s diversified, fresh-market farms are pretty small and pretty rural. Then there’s The Farm. It’s big and anything but pastoral—it’s on the grounds of the Milwaukee County House of Corrections—and tended by hundreds of people, mostly volunteers. And they give away everything they grow. The nonprofit Hunger Task Force runs The Farm to provide 350,000 pounds of fresh produce to more than 80 food pantries and meal programs in the Milwaukee area.
For the past few years, CALS and UW-Extension specialists in horticulture, soils, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology and other disciplines have been providing The Farm’s staff with hands-on, in-the-field advice on topics ranging from soil fertility and weed control to irrigation and orchard management. They’ve been a great resource for farm manager Rich Richardson and his second-in-command, CALS alum Jay Janowski, BS ’07. To learn more, see this article in Grow magazine.