Farmland access: key to flourishing organic food system in Wisconsin

Did you know Wisconsin is second in the nation for total number of organic farms? Only California has more. Yet, due to rising cost of land, new farmers struggle to get into the business and growth of existing farms is limited. Organic farms use more human-scale, sustainable growing methods which build healthier soils. In turn, … Continue reading Farmland access: key to flourishing organic food system in Wisconsin

With farmland selling at record prices, next-generation farmers need our help

Two articles came up in my newsfeed this week: One from The New York Times - Farmland Values Hit Record Highs, Pricing Out Farmers and from local news in Iowa - Record price for Iowa farmland now $30,000 an acre Let's pause to let that sink in. This record comes on the heels of the … Continue reading With farmland selling at record prices, next-generation farmers need our help

Agriculture Conservation Easements: a critical land preservation tool

Here at FoxRAP, we've got 4 pillar objectives: Connect community Grow local food and farm products Preserve farms Protect natural resources Right now, we have a big project underway that, while ultimately checks each of those boxes, will be a huge step forward for farmland preservation in our area. One tool we'll be using to … Continue reading Agriculture Conservation Easements: a critical land preservation tool

InspireBites: “We’re sacrificing the land that sustains us”

Welcome to our new series, InspireBites. These are bite-size stories to inspire us as we work toward a better future for our community. No matter what your job is, you play a crucial role in that. Here's some inspiration to take with you this week. A new development on former farmland in Tennessee Credit: Brooks … Continue reading InspireBites: “We’re sacrificing the land that sustains us”

Keeping Green Lake acres green

The decades-old champion of farmland preservation in our country, American Farmland Trust, recently published an article about land demand that, while pertinent to many, really hits home to our home, here in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Because of our treasured waters, Green Lake has a robust real estate trade, pushing per-acre-prices around the lake up to … Continue reading Keeping Green Lake acres green