Taproot Farm & Fruit

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

Planting Party, 10 AM, April 14th, 2013!

Due to inclement weather, this has been pushed back a bit, but now the ground is nice and soft and easy to dig, so come on out for our first fruit tree planting party to get your hands dirty, and put a down payment on some delicious fruits 4 to 5 years hence. 

Planting trees is a sacred activity in our family. My grandpa Doc planted thousands in his lifetime, as a ritual honoring those passed, and those yet to come. Trees connect generations; they're the antidote to our modern-day, fast-action world, requiring us to take a longer view of ourselves and our place in the universe. 

A well-planted tree has been placed by caring hands into the earth, had a happy jig danced on its roots, and been toasted and celebrated afterwards by friends. We'll do all three, and hope you can join us. Ideally we can get started with planting instructions and logistics at 10 AM, and we'll plan to have a meal sometime around 2. 

Picking out Pigs

One of the worst orchard pests in our part of the world is the infamous Plum Circulio. They attack developing fruitlets early in the season, and the fruits that have a larvae drop from the tree usually sometime in June. In bygone days, orchardists would shake the tree around this time while holding a large inverted umbrella to catch the infested fruits. Craftier fruit-growers employed roving apple-hoover hogs to the same effect. We're going to attempt to recreate this practice in our orchard this year with four black mulefoots.