Taproot Farm & Fruit

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A family CSA farm and community orchard in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. 

Setting down roots

A few weeks ago, we hosted our first tree-planting party here at Taproot, in what we hope will become a yearly tradition. Ten hardy souls braved the early spring cold and rain to help us get 100 trees representing 20 varieties of apples planted. Each hole was dug by hand (as all good holes should be), and the trees were introduced to their new homes with care by good folks. After, we toasted and feasted, wishing for generations of good growth on this good earth. 

Ceremonial planting of the last tree

Ceremonial planting of the last tree

Zach and Nate representing east Mifflin and wondering why they had to dig the rocky holes.

Zach and Nate representing east Mifflin and wondering why they had to dig the rocky holes.

Dave planting a Honeycrisp, his favorite apple

Dave planting a Honeycrisp, his favorite apple

Mycorrhizal root dip helps the roots to extend their feeding reach by up to a thousand-fold. 

Mycorrhizal root dip helps the roots to extend their feeding reach by up to a thousand-fold. 

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Farmers helping farmers! Butterbean Community Farm crew switching over to fruit planting for the day. 

Farmers helping farmers! Butterbean Community Farm crew switching over to fruit planting for the day. 

Mo' farmers helping farmers! Julie, of Coney Garth fame, putting some apple trees in the ground. In future years the trimmings from these trees will be fed to her rabbits, to complete the circle.

Mo' farmers helping farmers! Julie, of Coney Garth fame, putting some apple trees in the ground. In future years the trimmings from these trees will be fed to her rabbits, to complete the circle.

Meredith showing us how it's done up in Door County. Creative use of frisbee to feed the trees azomite and rock phosphate to provide early micronutrients and kickstart growth. Trees need to be healthy and robust to withstand pests and disease in an organic system. 

Meredith showing us how it's done up in Door County. Creative use of frisbee to feed the trees azomite and rock phosphate to provide early micronutrients and kickstart growth. Trees need to be healthy and robust to withstand pests and disease in an organic system.