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Tractor Parade

Three times a year, a group of antique tractor collectors get together for a multi-day ride. Producer Adam Hirsch rode along for a day and found out why life is better at tractor speed.

Photo: Adam Hirsch 

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Photos from the tractor parade. 

Photos: Adam Hirsch

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Mike Perry on Crops

Mike Perry shares a bit of his unique “Clodhopper” Wisconsin life… this time, describing the perils of raising crops on his farm a few seasons ago.

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Flags

Flags fly this week as we celebrate American independence. Writer and farmer Justin Isherwood tells us about the flags he raises above his Wisconsin farm.

Justin Isherwood is a writer and farmer in Central Wisconsin.  

Photo: contemplative imaging

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Watch Wisconsin Life Episode 105

Meet an eclectic collection of people who share what matters most to them in their Wisconsin lives including: an urban farmer, a yoga instructor who adds a new twist to the traditional practice, a pair of Midwest surfers, a Native teacher in Green Bay schools and an unlikely set of hunting partners.

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Will Allen

As a former professional basketball player, Will Allen never thought he would trade in his jersey and sneakers for some fertilizer and a rake. But his passion for making fresh food widely accessible to people living in Milwaukee’s low-income urban areas has driven him to create Growing Power, a nonprofit organization celebrating 20 years of providing healthy, affordable food for people in all communities. 

Will’s Growing Power operation centers around aquaponics – where a symbiotic relationship is created between fish and plants. Watch Will explain how his system works.

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Christmas Peanuts:

Some Christmas gifts linger in the memory longer than others. Commentator Justin Isherwood recalls an old-fashioned Christmas gift.

Justin Isherwood is a fifth-generation farmer and the author of Pulse: A Farmer’s Take on the Universe. He lives in Plover.

Photo by Ayo Richardson.

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Images from a recent old time barn dance at the O’Brien family farm near Brooklyn, Wisconsin. Photos by Gena Larson Photography. 

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Farm to Fork: Pigs

It’s not unusual these days for a restaurant to showcase locally grown produce and locally raised meat. But for some chefs, that’s not enough. At the Madison Club in downtown Madison, Executive Chef Dan Fox has taken the next step – raising his own heritage pigs on a farm near Blue Mounds. Erin Clune paid him and farmer Micah Nicholes a visit.

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Woodstock in Wisconsin
Today, The story of “Wisconsin’s Woodstock.” 40 years ago this weekend, long-haired hippies and flower children from across the Midwest converged on a small Wisconsin farm for a weekend of peace, love and music –including a band people were just beginning to talk about at the time – The Grateful Dead. Historian Michael Edmonds tells the story…

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Michael Perry Crows Over Chickens:

Wisconsin author and musician Michael Perry loves his farm and its critters. Wisconsin Life producer Todd Witter spent some time with Perry and his chickens in Fall Creek, WI.

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