If Farm Aid’s stage is the heart of Farm Aid, the HOMEGROWN Village is the hands!
In the HOMEGROWN Village, thousands of festivalgoers will explore interactive exhibits and activities that engage all of their senses. Food and farm groups from across the country showcase exhibits about soil, water, energy, food and farming through art, games, and hands-on activities. In the HOMEGROWN Skills area, festivalgoers attend skillshares and demonstrations, celebrate the culture of agriculture and go home with new skills. Farmers, farm activists and festivalgoers come together in the FarmYard to meet and share stories. On the FarmYard Stage farmers and concert artists discuss urgent issues.
Check out information about last year’s HOMEGROWN Village below.
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What does local food mean to you? What can we build to help us all eat closer to home and support family farmers in our area? How are you growing a strong, local Good Food Movement in your region?
Farmshed’s Tater Tat Parlor
Presented by Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point, WI
Leave our booth knowing how to find local food in Wisconsin—and wearing it! Have a fruit or vegetable temporary tattoo applied while learning about Farm Fresh Atlas, a free digital and print local food guide available throughout the state.
I Heart Farmers Markets
Presented by Farmers Market Coalition, Albany, CA
Check out a beautiful display of farmers market posters from the National Farmers Market Coalition’s 2019 national contest and learn ways to engage with your local markets.
Lower Your Foodprint and The Water Footprint of Food
Presented by FoodPrint, New York, NY
FoodPrint and the Water Footprint Calculator can help you understand that the choices you make impact the environment, animals and people. Explore online tools designed to help show you how.
Forest County Potawatomi Farm
Presented by Forest County Potawatomi Community Farm, Laona, WI
Hear about the importance of healthy eating and restoring traditional foods in a Native American community. Explore the evolution of the food chain in the tribal community and the history of the community farm.
Hunger in Wisconsin
Presented by Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee, WI
Festivalgoers will learn about the role of the emergency food system in Southeastern Wisconsin. Get information on the Hunger Task Force’s Farm-to-Food Bank model and how it can be replicated in communities across the country.
The Buffalo Box
Presented by InterTribal Buffalo Council, Rapid City, SD
See buffalo hide and a “buffalo box” made from the parts of a buffalo raised on Tribal lands and full of touchable, explorable items all crafted from buffalo parts and made in the fashion of their historic use.
Reasons to Eat Your Zip Code
Presented by Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson, KS
Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 14.6 cents of every food dollar that consumers spend? Learn about the share of the food dollar that the farmer receives, about the miles food travels to reach the table, and how food should be safely grown and transported.
REAP Food Group
Presented by REAP Food Group, Madison, WI
Find out about the tools available in the Farm Fresh Atlas of Southern Wisconsin that help connect consumers at all levels connect with local farmers and producers, including seasonality charts, maps and listings of local farmers markets and restaurants committed to local sourcing as well as family or cooperatively owned farms.
Stronger Together: How to Support Co-ops
Presented by SLO Farmers Cooperative, Seymour, WI
Learn from local Wisconsin farmers about the environmental and economic opportunities buying local has on a region. Hear about food miles and the difference between buying locally from a co-op and the grocery store by tracing a farm product from Wisconsin compared to across the country or even world.
Presented by West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV
A showcase of the connection between local agriculture and food insecure populations. Learn about the SNAP Stretch program where farmers markets match EBT/SNAP dollars. This demonstration will let festivalgoers “shop” at a local market while finding out more about the program and how it can inspire similar efforts.
Presented by Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg, WI
The Rural/Urban Flow celebrates the land upon which we all depend and enacts publicly what food, art and culture are uniquely qualified to do: bring people together; highlight our interconnectedness and shared humanity; and promote curiosity, regional prosperity, deeper understanding and a renewable source of pleasure. Experience several musical instruments made from farm and garden tools and help with a weaving art project as well.
Farmers are the backbone of America’s food system and our economy. What does it take to be a farmer? What challenges and opportunities are facing family farmers of all generations and backgrounds? How can we sustain and support the future of farming in America?
ASPCA’s Factory Farm Detox
Presented by ASPCA, New York, NY
Learn how to avoid factory farmed food. Learn about misleading labels in the marketplace to help you identify higher welfare food and support more humane farming. Sign up for the Factory Farm Detox, which challenges consumers to give up factory farmed food for one week.
Working Together to Address Farmer Stress
Presented by American Psychological Association, Washington, DC
Spin the wheel and participate in Q&A regarding stress and stress management for farmers and non-farmers while talking with APA staff. Learn how music can impact stress in your day-to-day life.
So You Wanna Be a Tabletop Farmer?
Presented by Community Farm Alliance, Washington, DC
Get a glimpse into the life and challenges of the American farmer. Play an interactive tabletop game that takes participants through the process of creating and sustaining an agricultural enterprise.
East Troy FFA
Presented by East Troy FFA, East Troy, WI
Hear about the East Troy FFA chapter and hear facts about the Wisconsin dairy industry and other top agricultural commodities.
Farming from the Sky
Presented by Elkhorn FFA, Elkhorn, WI
Get introduced to the changing tools and technology in agriculture designed to improve both environmental and economic sustainability of the agriculture industry. Learn about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in farming.
The Importance of Voting Local
Presented by HeadCount, New York, NY
Local governments have a huge impact on laws and regulations that affect farmers, the food industry and everyday life. Register to vote and become a more active member of your community!
Family Farm Defenders
Presented by Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI
Small farmers can feed us and cool the planet. This interactive exhibit will show the role of sustainable small-scale agriculture in tackling the climate crisis and ensuring climate justice.
From Veterans to Farmers
Presented by farmvetco, New York, NY
Returning from service, more and more veterans are finding a home in the field of agriculture. Hear about stories of military members who went on to careers in agriculture and learn about the Homegrown by Heroes label.
In Honor of the First Farmers of Wisconsin
Presented by Little Eagle Arts Foundation, Wisconsin Dells, WI
In honor of the first farmers of Wisconsin, share our knowledge of the indigenous plants and animals that have helped us to survive on this planet. An ongoing cattail mat weaving will take place and completed sections will be used to cover the outside of a traditional cepodoka (ce=wood, podo=round, ka=house).
MOSES-Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
Presented by MOSES, Spring Valley, WI
Play the Farms in Jeopardy game highlighting the increasing challenges that farmers face every year, misconceptions about organic and organic production, opportunities for producers in the organic and regenerative community, and how farmers can and will be the solution to climate change and soil and water quality issues.
Stand With Dairy Farmers to End the Dairy Crisis!
Presented by National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC
While playing The Price is Wrong, find out about the current severe, long-term dairy crisis and how dairy farmers are ready and wiling to address this crisis.
Presented by National Grange, Washington, DC
Reducing food waste could be one of the best things we can do for our planet and our farms—lean how from the Grange. Guess food waste facts and receive some of the best recipe ideas and other tips on how to reduce your own food waste.
Farmers, Ranchers and Fish Harvesters Wing Mural
Presented by North American Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA
Come snap a picture in front of a one-of-a-kind farmer and fish wing mural designed to amplify the fight for fair price, economic empowerment, and community control over our food system.
Ready, Set, Farm!
Presented by University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability, Madison, WI
Festivalgoers can see if they’re up to the challenges of farming by facing the tough decisions and challenges Wisconsin farmers face every with this interactive game. Get the basic information of how many dairy farms have been lost in the past few years and the economic and emotional impacts of the financial crisis.
Ohe.laku Among the Corn Stalks
Presented by Oneida Nation, Oneida, WI
Learn about Indigenous Heirloom White Corn–its history, cultural and spiritual significance, hand harvesting, husking and braiding, as well as cooking methods. Get hands on with a corn sheller!
Celebrating Seed Stewards
Presented by Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA
We all have a seed story, whether we know it or not; seeds help weave our stories together. Play Guess This Seed with several seed varieties displayed and learn the story of seed.
Life in Farming
Presented by Rural Advancement Foundation International, Pittsboro, NC
Try the Life in Farming game to experience the ups and downs of a typical farming season. Spinning wheel, mini tractors, a scoreboard and different scenarios will illustrate the realities of farming.
What’s the Word, Bird?
Presented by Wild Farm Alliance, Watsonville, CA
Test your bird brain in our wild bird matching game and learn about innovative ways you can conserve biodiversity with farming practices that attract beneficial birds and strengthen the natural systems to grow good food.
Growing Wisconsin Agriculture
Presented by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Madison, WI
Stop by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to visit with our Farm Center staff and test your Wisconsin agriculture trivia knowledge in areas such as crops, fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry, livestock and poultry, organics, timber and forest, and exports.
Presented by Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI
An interactive game illustrating the problems of milk overproduction and the solution of dairy supply management as a key mechanism that farmers and consumers alike can engage on for fair prices for family farmers.
Native American and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Training Opportunities
Presented by Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC), Gillett, WI
Talk to us to find out about the training opportunities available for new and beginning farmers.
Fight Consolidation, Build Systems for Independent Ag and Small Farmers
Presented by Equal Exchange, Madison, WI
Take an interactive walk through how consolidation in our food system hurts all independent and self-sustaining farmers, ranchers and all supported communities. Find out “who owns this brand” and “who owns these seeds”—the answers may surprise you.
Water is life. The growing scarcity of clean water affects us all. What are the major threats to our water future? How do farmers practice water stewardship and how can we become better stewards of our water supplies?
Wild Rice and Its Significance to Wisconsin Tribal Nations
An interactive opportunity to learn about manoomin—the wild rice that brought the Anishinaabe people to the Great Lakes region. Experience a wild rice processing demonstration and see a birch bark canoe as well as harvesting tools.
Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
Presented by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Salem, OR
Get a temporary tattoo while learning abut the national threat of factory farms to public health, the environment and rural vitality. Facts will be shared about their impact on a broad scale as well as local examples of polluting Wisconsin’s’ waterways.
What Are Your Words for Water?
Presented by Words for Water, Bayfield, WI
The Words for Water photography exhibit is a simple way to encourage people to think and act collectively on issues impacting water quality. Be photographed sharing your own words for water as part of the project.
Black gold… topsoil… terra firma… No matter what you call it, soil is vital to growing healthy food. What makes soil healthy and what is soil’s role in the health of our land, water, air, climate and food supply? What can we do to better care for this vital resource?
What’s in Your Soil
Presented by Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IN
Healthy soil grows healthy food and maintains the soil for years to come. See and learn about organic and non-organic soil samples and hear information about on-farm education programs and farmer-training programs.
Soil Health Rainfall
Presented by USDA-NRCS, Juneau, WI
Check out our rainfall simulator and learn about the effect of agricultural management systems on the health of the soil and how that affects the resources around us.
ReGenerate with Grains!
Presented by Artisan Grain Collaborative, Chicago, IL
Hear about the “Grain Chain,” stretching from farmer to consumer. Handle and identify multiple types of grains, watch an expert miller demonstrate milling, and learn the importance of diverse crops to promote healthy soils, people and communities.
Soil Conservation and Water Quality
Presented by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
A rainfall simulator demonstrates how water infiltration is increased and soil erosion minimized by conservation measures like cover cropping, pastures and more. Interact with the simulator and experience a “volcanic reaction!”
The HOMEGROWN Skills Tent
The HOMEGROWN Skills Tent promises to be chock full of learning and fun! Get your hands dirty, participate in workshops and demonstrations, and learn new skills.
Resurrect the Potluck
Traditions connect us to our ancestry and to each other. The potluck is a tradition that celebrates tried and true recipes, community and, of course, eating! What food traditions do you want to pass on to others? Share your cooking, baking, brewing, preserving, crafting and building skills with folks through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Skills Tent 2019 Demonstrations
12:30 – 1pm • Feel the Fizz: Lactofermentation 101
Presented by Faith Anacker from Fizzeology Foods
Figure out the difference between traditional sauerkraut, kimchi and other types of brining techniques, and learn about the health benefits and history of lactofermentation.
1 – 1:30pm • Flowers with Function: Lavender Propagation 101
Learn how to propagate lavender from mature plants and understand lavender’s soil preferences and best practices for growing the plant. Walk away with newfound knowledge of the varying uses of lavender.
2 – 2:30pm • Scrub-A-Dub in Dairy Land: Milk Soap 101
Presented by Amanda Brozana Rios and Ann Bercher from National Grange
Moooo-ve over goat’s milk soap. It’s time to learn how to make homemade soap with cow’s milk in a nod to Wisconsin’s most iconic agricultural product. See the process in action and enjoy the clean and creamy result.
3 – 3:30pm • The Buzz on Honeybees: Beekeeping 101
Presented by Rick Sallmann and Stephanie Slater from Walworth County Beekeepers Club
Learn about the importance of honeybees in pollination and ways that you can support honeybees and other pollinators. And see live bees in action in the observation hive.
4 – 4:30pm • From Seed to Loaf: Alternative Grain Milling 101
Presented by Halee and John Wepking from Meadowlark Farms
These former chefs turned farmers will discuss the ways consumers can change the agricultural landscape by incorporating more regionally grown grains like wheat, rye and spelt into their diets. These crops can help farmers diversify while improving the health and resilience of the land they steward and produce healthy food (and tasty beverages) for everyone to enjoy. See a demonstration of an easy to use home mill and learn how simple it is to turn whole grains into nutritious flour!
5 – 5:30pm • Join the Seed Revolution: Seed Saving 101
Presented by Sonja Schlesner of Sowl Seeds & Peach Tree Organic Gardens
Genetic diversity changes everything. Current seed saving methods of isolating varieties are doing a disservice to our food sources. Keep the genetic pool open by saving your own seeds. Learn how to help keep our foods diverse, delicious and beautiful.
All Day • Farm Aid 2019 Seed Swap
Presented by Amy Talarico
Farmers and gardeners: bring seeds from home and come on down to the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent. Meet enthusiastic seed savers, swap some of your own seeds and go home with new varieties to try!
Art & Games in the HOMEGROWN Village!
Break your flock of Chickapigs free while dodging opponents, hay bales and an unruly pooping cow in this strategic board game. Chickapig breeder and game creator Brian Calhoun joins forces with his farming buddy Dave Matthews to bring this game from farm to table. Bring some friends and give it a whirl on giant magnetic boards.
Dig In with Farm Aid!
Take Action with Farm Aid
Add your voice to the chorus of people clamoring for change across the country. Join us today to take action for family farmers and a better food system!
We all need family farmers and family farmers need us – to raises our voices in support of critical policies that help them stay on the land, growing good food for us all. Join us in this year’s featured actions:
Farm to School ROCKS!
Presented by Farm Aid and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Express your artistic side while fulfilling your civic duty! Join Farm Aid, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Farm to School Network Decorate a paper plate to be delivered to your members of Congress, urging them to bolster support for farm to school programs in the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.
Stand with Farmers
Presented by Farm Aid and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
The people who grow our food deserve to make a fair living. Hear the stories of the livestock and poultry farmers who are fighting for their most basic rights, like the freedom of speech and association, against the corporate meatpackers who rule the roost. Sign our petition urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue rules that give farmers a fighting chance against corporate power.
Stop by to learn more about Farm Aid’s work over the past 33 years to keep family farmers on the land and to grow the Good Food Movement! Read about our grantees and the work we have funded across America and check out the timeline of highlights from Farm Aid’s last 33 years.
Farm Advocate Link & Farmer Resource Network
Navigating the complex world of farm lending, state and federal regulations, contracts, and government programs can feel impossible for many farmers. Since the farm crisis of the 1980s, farm advocates and farm service organizations have helped farmers navigate the maze of food and farm regulations and programs. Come learn about Farm Aid’s Farm Advocate Link and Farmer Resource Network — two programs which connect farmers to the people and resources that can help them stay on their land and be successful.
Celebrate 30+ Years of Farm Aid Grantmaking
Farm Aid stitched together a quilt to illustrate how our annual grant program creates a vibrant network of family farm organization across the country. Come read about the incredible work of our grantees over the last 33 years.
Learn more about the Farm Aid festival
Gather in front of the FarmYard stage to put your farm on Farm Aid’s farmer map! Mingle with family farmers and farm activists throughout the day.