Symposium will focus on decay, creativity and transformation

An upcoming symposium on decomposition and regrowth —Ripe and Rot: A Decomposium— will provide an opportunity for people to take a closer look at the creative, biological, practical and metaphorical processes of decay and renewal. The event will bring together composers, farmers, artists, scientists, sextons and poets to explore this universal process. Part of the ongoing Culture of Agriculture series at the Center for integrated Agricultural Systems, the symposium will take place on Saturday, July 19, from 1-5 pm at Park Hall, 307 Polk St. in Sauk City, Wisconsin. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Presenters include: CALS soil scientist Bill Bland; geologist Marcia Bjornerud, Lawrence University; CALS microbiologist Jim Steele; poet Joel Friedrich, UW Barron County; green undertaker Kevin Corrado, Natural Path Cemetery; artists John Shimon and Julie Lindemann; farmer/artist Jay Salinas and four composers, including UW-Madison’s Michael Bell. The event will also feature delicious fermented edibles from Chef K Clark Pickles & Preserves, Roots Chocolates, and Hidden Valley Mushrooms.

This event is presented by Wormfarm Institute, in conjunction with the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. It is made possible in part through grants from ArtPlace America, the Sauk County Arts and Culture Committee, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Wormfarm or Fermentation Fest see and