• Why We Love and Protect Our Pollinators

      Long ago, this part of Wisconsin was covered in tallgrass prairies and oak savannas. The Native Americans who lived here would have known every plant and how to use it. Over the centuries since European settlers arrived in Wisconsin, most of the land you see has been farmed, because the soil that nurtured those […]

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  • Grower Profile: Dan Cornelius, Yowela?talí^ Farms

    Owner: Dan Cornelius What they grow: Indigenous corn, squash, and wild rice, pasture-raised chicken, duck eggs, grass-fed cattle Where you can buy from Yowela?talí^ Farms: Direct from Dan! Contact Dan Cornelius (daniel.cornelius@gmail.com) or look for him at the Dane County Farmers’ Market Dan Cornelius leases 5 acres at the northern side of Silverwood Park where he […]

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  • Fall 2021 Wreath Making Workshop a success!

    On the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Thanksgiving 2021, the Friends of Silverwood Park offered a wreath making workshop, led by Rita Fox. The  $35 registration fee covered materials for an 18″ wreath and participants who wanted to make a swag could do so for an additional $25. Broom corn grown at Silverwood Park was […]

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  • Alley Cropping at Silverwood Park

    Those broadly spaced rows of saplings you see to the right as you enter the Silverwood Park? That is alley cropping, broadly defined as planting rows of trees or shrubs at wide spacings, creating alleys between them where annual agricultural crops are cultivated. Other terms for alley cropping include intercropping and multi-cropping. Alley cropping is […]

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  • Scenes from Harvest Fest – September 25, 2021,

    Harvest Fest at Silverwood Park brought good weather, good attendance, and good fun for all. Here are scenes I captured that day. Feel free to send us yours! – Sarah White                           

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  • 2021 Regenerative Agriculture Field Day at Silverwood Park

    August 15 dawned sunny and cool—perfect for a Field Day. Historically, a Field Day is a rural “trade show” where equipment is on display and speakers share agricultural information. These events are designed to showcase best practices in farming techniques and to help build morale and enthusiasm in the farming community. Agricultural Field Day 2021 […]

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  • A Successful Silverwood Summer School, Thanks to Edgerton Community Fund

    The mission of Silverwood Park includes K-12 agricultural education. The beauty of summer school classes at Silverwood is the opportunity to dig into the soil and learn from the experience. However, the 21st century learner also benefits from access to research and presentation technology, thus Friends of Silverwood Park (FoSP) applied for and received a […]

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  • The Genius Behind the Heirloom Orchard: Dan Bussey

    Inside Dan Bussey, recognized Apple Historian, is a young boy who grew up near the Russell and Irene Silverwood’s farm. His interest in “all things apple” eventually led to a position as Orchard Manager for Seed Savers Exchange, the nation’s largest network of gardeners preserving heirloom varieties and sharing seeds. Dan got in the habit […]

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  • “Hike it Baby” Comes to Silverwood Park!

    For the months of July, August, and September, this self-guided activity is all over Silverwood Park! Visit the park with your little one and have a Wander Walk. Hike it Baby signs are placed along the trails. The signs offer suggestions to help young children connect with their bodies and the nature around them. They […]

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  • Meet Master Gardener Ruth Flescher

    Edgerton School District’s Summer School programs at Silverwood Park have an expert gardener on hand—Ruth Flescher, Master Gardener Volunteer. Ruth grew up in Madison, one of ten children who enjoyed helping their mother with a garden full of salad vegetables. She’s rarely been without a garden since. Now retired, she tends a big garden of […]

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