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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. 

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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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