Food is a universal experience; an act that unites everyone. This realization profoundly influenced Stephen’s decision to farm. He spent five years learning in deep Wisconsin loam, Maine silt loam, and Georgia clay. Working on diverse farms in these soils instilled a strong sense of community, respect for the land and its inhabitants, and the sweat and knowledge needed to steward a farm. Stephen continued his farm odyssey by joining the Fondy Food Center in 2010. Working with immigrant and limited resource farmers to establish a 40 acre farm along Lake Michigan has been a dream come true. Starting a second farm, with a third in the works is icing on the cake. He loves puzzles. Current ones include: learning to speak Hmong, remembering how to speak Spanish, fitting new ideas into old techniques, and ensuring that farming is a viable and accessible vocation and avocation. Stephen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. He can walk his two dogs at once, but only one cat at a time. The horse and pony are another story.
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- A09. Peb Tiv Thaiv – Fostering Equity Through Conservation with Local Partners
October 12, 2018
10:30 AM - Noon