• 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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  • Grower Profile: Doudlah Farms

    Owner: Mark Doudlah What they grow: Over 20 varieties of USDA Certified Organic beans, grains, and seeds, plus several kinds of honey. Where you can buy from Doudlah Farms: Local groceries and health food stores, CSAs, and online at www.doudlahfarms.com. Visit their website for a list of organic products. At Doudlah Farms Organics, Mark and his […]

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    Grower profile: Yellow Dog Flowers and Produce

    Owners: Molly Stentz and John Peck What they grow: More than 50 varieties of fresh cut flowers, plus several dozen varieties of fresh vegetables. Where you can buy from Yellow Dog Flowers and Produce: We are vendors at the Northside Farmers Market in Madison every Sunday from late June until mid October, open Sunday mornings from […]

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  • Rita Fox's grandchildren on "Under in the Mud" story walk

    A Visit to February’s “Under in the Mud” Story Walk

    Silverwood Park volunteer Rita Fox took her grandchildren Kohl, Harper, and Griffin to Silverwood Park for the “Under in the Mud” Story Walk on February 24th. Fresh snow had fallen the night before. “The kids were really intent on the deep snow,” Said Rita. “They were enjoying the adventure of that so much, they could […]

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    Guest Writers: Guidelines for Submissions

    We welcome contributions to the Friends of Silverwood Park blog. Perhaps you are a volunteer in one of our project areas. Maybe you come to the park for recreation. Maybe you’ve been a student or teacher involved in education at the park. Maybe you’re a grower partner, or a customer of our growers. Whoever you […]

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  • Silverwood Park Candlelight Hike

    Not snow, nor sleet, nor wind, nor COVID19 could keep 125 hikers and volunteers from Silverwood Park’s Candlelight Hike on January 30!  The windy conditions made lighting and maintaining the candles difficult on the farm land and prairie, but the calm in the woods provided for a beautiful hike on an actually, warm (30 plus […]

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  • Under in the Mud Story Walk

    “Under? In the Mud?” Asked young Marina, curious about where the frogs go, when everything is frozen over in winter. This mother-daughter conversation triggered a connection between the practical question many of us wonder about and one of the author’s favorite counting books, Over in the Meadow. Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell, a native of Edgerton, published her […]

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