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Children and adults enjoyed harvesting fresh beans at the Redbery Storytime held at the Cable Community Farm.
Children and adults enjoyed harvesting fresh beans at the Redbery Storytime held at the Cable Community Farm. / Photo by Katie Hancock
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About the Cable Natural History Museum:

For over 45 years, the Cable Natural History Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Come visit us in Cable, WI, at 13470 County Highway M. The current exhibit, “Deer Camp: A Natural and Cultural History of White-tailed Deer,” opened in May 2013 and will remain open until April 2014.

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Last spring we broke new ground for community garden in Cable. In its first season, the Cable Community Farm provided garden space for twenty-five gardeners from eighteen households. Altogether, the community gardeners worked one acre of land to grow food organically for themselves, their families, and neighbors. While gardeners provided for most of their own seeds, generous donations from seed companies, tool-makers, and others, helped to outfit a food garden for the Cable Area Food Shelf and a flower garden for the Chequamegon Children’s Theater.

The Cable Community Farm is located on Perry Lake Road in Cable. First settled as a family homestead in the mid-1930's, the farm sits on 35 acres of mixed hardwood forest and open pasture. It is located about one mile from town, making it easily accessible for local residents and visitors to the community. The buildings are in the process of being renovated to suit their new purpose: growing food for the community. By supporting the production of local food through sustainable agricultural practices, the community gardeners and friends of the farm hope to address issues related to hunger, health, the environment, and the resilience of the local economy.

Simply put, the mission of the Cable Community Farm is to grow food and build community.

The Cable Community Farm collaborates with other nonprofit organizations (Cable Natural History Museum, Cable Area Resources in Emergencies, Chequamegon Children’s Theater), local businesses (Redbery Books, Field and Forest Products), and the University of Wisconsin Extension to provide workshops and educational opportunities for the general public. Students from the Drummond Elementary School planted an edible Children’s Garden and we now host a Little Free Library on-site.

Browse sandhill crane, prairie chicken, snowy owl, pelican, loon, goose, eagle, whooping crane, tundra swan, heron, turkey, cardinal, blue jay, hummingbird and other bird photos.

One of the plots in the community garden at the Cable Community Farm was dedicated to a pilot program that involved growing food for individuals and families with limited resources. Volunteers tended the garden on a semi-regular basis. Sunday evenings were Open Harvest times, which resulted in fresh, local, organic produce for the Cable Area Food Shelf, and fresh vegetables stored in the “milk house” building for “Free Food Mondays.” Every Monday, anyone can stop by the first building at the farm to share in the bounty of the garden.

Expansion of the farm is in the works for this summer’s growing season. With the addition of a community chicken coop this summer, there will be fresh eggs for “coop co-op” members. More land will be tilled and fenced in. This will increase the amount of fresh produce we can contribute to the local food shelf and share during Free Food Mondays.

You are invited to come and discover more about the Community Farm and gardening in general on Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. at Forest Lodge Library during the Community Conversation: “Let’s Get Growing!”

There is a garden plot waiting for you at the Cable Community Farm! A plot in the Community Garden includes fertile land, fenced plots, water, and support from knowledgeable gardening teammates. Three different plot sizes are available. To get involved as a gardener, to contribute as a Friend of the Farm, or to volunteer, go to www.cablecommunityfarm.org. You can also pick up a garden plot application form at the Drummond Public Library or the Forest Lodge Library in Cable.

For more information or to donate materials, please contact katie@cablecommunityfarm.org.or call 715-798-5244.

Read more posts from Emily Stone.

Emily Stone is a Naturalist/Educator at the Cable Natural History Museum. Visit http://www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about exhibits and programs at the museum. For more from Emily Stone, visit her blog at http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com/.

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