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5 Wisconsin Drives with stunning fall scenery. Wisconsin is the perfect place to get the kids in the car, hit the road, and revel in the changing leaves.

5 Wisconsin Drives with stunning fall scenery

Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see it. Here are five fall color tours within easy driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are guaranteed to put you in a front row seat for Mother Nature’s annual show. Of course, you can always design your own fall driving tour; from urban parks to colorful country roads, Wisconsin is loaded with colorama opportunities throughout the autumn season. The Black River State Forest lies just east of Black River Falls in west-central Wisconsin. Its 68,000 acres accesses some unique geology that makes it a great destination for fall foliage road trips. While driving through the beautiful fall colors, you can access the northern lobe of the forest via North Settlement Road (I-94 exit 128 at Millston). Canoe trip on Kickapoo River comes with many twists, turns. The Kickapoo River in western Wisconsin gets its name from an Algonquin word that means "he who goes here, then there.

Canoe trip on Kickapoo River comes with many twists, turns

" I prefer a more literal translation, as in a river that pretty much kicked the poo out of me. The Kickapoo is one of the most winding rivers in the country. In its nearly 130-mile journey from Wilton to the Wisconsin River south of Wauzeka, the river covers just 60 miles as the crow flies. Kathy DeCamp, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator. In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work.

Kathy DeCamp, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator

Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native people today. —Dennis Zotigh. Cardinal-Hickory-Creek Information & Review Process. A Driftless paddle across natural history and restoration. By Eric Freedman Lynne Diebel’s canoe journey across the Driftless Area of Minnesota and Wisconsin took 359 river miles, 12 days and thousands of years.

A Driftless paddle across natural history and restoration

Diebel’s journey started on the Cannon River, followed the Upper Mississippi and Lower Wisconsin rivers and crossed Pepin, Ohalaska and Monona lakes, with stops to camp on sandbars, trudge along portages and navigate locks more familiar with barge traffic than canoes. Straddling Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, the Driftless Area avoided glaciation during the last Ice Age that ended roughly 11,000 years ago. Homecoming: Elk Step Onto Ho-Chunk Lands for First Time in 100 Years. They were driven out more than 100 years ago, but finally the elk are coming home to the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Homecoming: Elk Step Onto Ho-Chunk Lands for First Time in 100 Years

In late August, 23 elk originating from Kentucky were released in Wisconsin’s Black River State Forest—the heart of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s traditional lands—the first step in a longer-term plan to grow the herd in central Wisconsin to about 400 animals. It was a victory not only because of the restoration of a cultural and spiritual icon but also because of the roller-coaster nature of the challenges involved.

“We lost a total of seven animals out of the original twenty six that were transported from Kentucky, but we were also fortunate to have four calves born,” said Karen Sexton, wildlife biologist for the Ho-Chunk Division of Natural Resources. 1/2 of all US sand frack comes from WI. Selling trout ponds is a bad idea. The state Department of Natural Resources is under orders from the Legislature to sell 10,000 acres of state-owned land.

Selling trout ponds is a bad idea

There's nothing wrong with selling off some state land that may have no significance, but DNR officials need to be very careful about the parcels they select. They might want to avoid, for example, ecologically significant spring ponds with native brook trout populations, the sale of which would anger not only ecologists but anglers who make up a a healthy portion of the state's recreational and tourist trade.

Oh, wait, too late. The DNR recently released a list of 118 parcels, covering approximately 8,300 acres, that it could sell to private parties or other units of government. National Mustard Museum. Winona LaDuke at Madeline Island - Indian Country News. Wisconsin. The following farms and ranches have certified that they meet Eatwild's criteria for producing grassfed meat, eggs and dairy products.


Contact them directly for additional information or to buy their products: All Forage Farms LLC is located approximately 15 miles Northwest of Appleton, WI. Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. M.lacrossetribune. Driftless Music Festival 2014. Tatanka Truck Brings Native American Cuisine To The Streets of Minnesota. When it comes to Native American cuisine, chef Sean Sherman wants you to think beyond fry bread.

Tatanka Truck Brings Native American Cuisine To The Streets of Minnesota

As the culinary craftsman for Tatanka Truck, Minnesota’s first indigenous food truck, Sherman is taking Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe-influenced eats, with a fresh spin, to the streets. Born and raised on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Sherman started cooking around age 13 in steakhouses and tourist restaurants in the Black Hills. After graduating from Black Hills State University, he moved to Minneapolis, became a chef, and immersed himself in the organic food scene. Kickapoo Coffee Goes Full Solar, Challenges Other Coffee Companies to Do the Same.

The Kickapoo Coffee team soaking up some rays alongside the 80 new solar panels.

Kickapoo Coffee Goes Full Solar, Challenges Other Coffee Companies to Do the Same

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters has become the first coffee company in the United States that is powered entirely by solar energy, with the notable exception of its rare, gas-powered Probat G30. TJ Semanchin, who founded the progressive coffee roastery along with Caleb Nicholes, recently told Daily Coffee News that the installation — including a 25kW, 80-panel solar array — will pay for itself in energy savings within seven to eight years, eliminating all the company’s electric energy costs and minimizing its carbon footprint. Viola Horse and Colt Show: The Boys and Girls Exhibit. Surrounded by frac sand mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation. BLAIR, Wis. — The land around Mary Drangstveit’s farm is changing.

Surrounded by frac sand mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation

Earth movers and graders have replaced farm tractors and combines. Hillside has been stripped bare, lowlands filled with yellow soil. Oneida Farm Preserves Native Foodways. A small farm in Northeastern Wisconsin is helping to preserve an important aspect of the Oneida tribe's culture. Besides providing organic produce, the farm grows white corn, beans and squash in what's called a "three sisters" garden. Exploring Driftless Wisconsin’s History and Heritage - Driftless Wisconsin Region Guide. My last blog explored the music scene this summer in Driftless Wisconsin. Yet no trip to Driftless Wisconsin would be complete without discovering the natural and human history that shaped this unique region.

There are many upcoming events and activities that explore that history and heritage, and of course, the stunning scenery of Driftless Wisconsin. While water shaped the Driftless landscape over eons, humans have left their cultural mark upon the region, through its captivating history of exploration and settlement and its rich farming heritage. Let’s begin with farming. On Saturday, August 22, Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center in Coon Valley hold its annual Threshing Bee. Voice of the River Valley. Workshop Instructors Application. Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever by kiera butler. MRT Index. Food and Farm Initiative (FFI) Did you know that southwestern Wisconsin (Vernon, Crawford, Richland and Monroe counties) loses $376 million every year because of our current food consumption and conventional farming activities?

Did you also know that we have all the assets and resources turn this around and build healthy, sustainable communities based on viable family farms and businesses, a healthy environment and a strong workforce? The Food and Farm Initiative (FFI) addresses the needs and concerns relating to the food and farm system in southwestern Wisconsin. The following pages provide details on VSN’s many FFI-related programs: Community Food Assessment Update: 5YearFoodAssessmentReport on work accomplished. Community Food Assessment – Our 18-month long study on how local food dollars are spent and where local farm dollars are going. Direct Marketer’s List – A handy guide to Vernon County farms that sell directly to consumers. Sprout People, Viroqua, WI. Who we are and What we wantHistoryScrapbookFarmers Market Who we are and What we want Why we are here and why you can feel good about listening to us. Why Choose Sproutpeople? We want you to grow your own food - it’s fun and it’s liberating.

Our Work : FairShare CSA Coalition. Our Work FairShare CSA Coalition works with CSA Growers and Eaters Our farms are dedicated to producing exceptional food to their Community Supported Agriculture members. From farm to table and back to farm, we bridge the gap between area farmers and folks who are longing for a deeper connection to food and community. For over 20 years, FairShare Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coalition (formerly Madison Area CSA Coalition, MACSAC) has made CSA more accessible by linking people who care about the food they eat to local farmers who grow top-quality food for their local communities. Through education, outreach, community building and resource sharing, FairShare is committed to raising the bar on the quality and accessibility of CSA shares in Southern Wisconsin. We believe everyone has a right to fresh, nutritious food! WLCV: Defending Wisconsin’s Natural Resources. Claiming a big victory for conservation, Ann Sayers, the Program Director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, said in a press release yesterday, that 7 of the 8 candidates endorsed by her organization, won their primaries in the statewide election on Tuesday.

Three Rivers Martial Arts Self Defense, LaCrosse, WI. Prairie du Chien carp drop is just tip of iceberg. New York City drops a crystal ball - ever so slowly - starting a minute before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31 in Times Square. Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook by Lamanda Joy. Crawford. Midwest Wild Harvest Festival — Driftless Dark Skies: Summer Stargazing - Driftless Wisconsin Region Guide. VisionPromotion. In 2002 a group was formed and took the name "Ferryville Vision & Promotion Board" (FV&PB). Canoes birchbark Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America by Michael Johnson. Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke. Crossing the Driftless: A Canoe Trip through a Midwestern Landscape by Lynne Diebel. 8 Amazing Scenic Drives in Wisconsin - The Bobber. Wellspring, Inc. - Horticulture. Wellspring offers a variety of hands on gardening courses with a focus on organic growing practices.

View and signup for upcoming workshops below! Wisconsin's Vernon County: Round barns, Norwegians and the Amish. Farm Fresh Atlas. Renewing the Countryside. Women Farmers Connect and Build Networks Through Shared Meals. Fishing Reports. Ready Community: Vulnerability and Resilience - Jun 26, 2015. State & County Parks & Natural Area - Driftless Wisconsin. The land is the distinctive feature of the Driftless Area. Home. Farmers Doing Conservation Work May Be Affected By Changes To Stewardship Program. Odyssey Program Internship & Fellowship. Young adults seeking an alternative learning experience enjoy living simply and very close to nature during seasonal sessions of The Odyssey Program. FEDN is an initiative of the Urban Economic Development Association of WI. Driftless Folk School.

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers by Olivia LaVecchia. This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise. Healthy News and Information. Spring Membership Campaign - Sustainable Economies Law Center. Protect Our Manoomin - Opening Page / Main Menu Below. Driftless Folk School. Harvest, Hunt and Gather. Ojibwe Author Explores 'Seventh-Generation' Thinking In New Book. Wisconsin Life - Planting the Future Seventy years ago, an... Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin by Patty Loew. Career Education Overview. Energy East Pipeline: TransCanada's Keystone XL on Steroids. Clan Mother: Healing the Community.

Second Harvest: Feeding Our Neighbors. Upcoming KWC Events - Kickapoo Woods Cooperative. Midwest Women's Herbal Conference. First Weber Mobile Slideshow MLS# 1691512. Students for Sustainable Communities - Home. The Fifth Season Cooperative. Viroqua Meat Processor Open for Business. River Alliance of Wisconsin. The Ark: Nurturing Appreciation for the Arts. Coulee Region Herbal Institute. Dr. Frederick Kriemelmeyer La Crosse Dentist. Midwestwomensherbal. Forager's Harvest. HerbWalk - WDRT Driftless Radio. Coulee Region Herbal Institute.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy > Home. Driftless Wisconsin Area Guide. Dedicated to preserving the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities. Vernon County Land & Water Conservation. River Alliance of WI.  University of Wisconsin-Extension. Western Technical College. A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley by Lynne Heasley. LaCrosse Farmers Market Locations. EnAct: recycling, LaCrosse. Viroqua Food Co-op. Westby Cooperative Creamery - Farmer Owned - Westby, WI. Organic Fair Trade Artisan Roasted Kickapoo Coffee. People's Food Co-op, LaCrosse, WI. Kickapoo Gold, Maple Syrup farm. Home – Ridgeland Harvest – A Certified Organic Farm in Viroqua CSA. Keewaydin Farms CSA. We Dig Vegetables Small Family Farm CSA. Lange Farms. Harmony Valley Farm Homepage. Driftlessorganics CSA.