Wisconsin Rural Partners selected Wormfarm and Fermentation Fest among their top 5 Rural Development Initiatives. The awards for 2015 will will be presented by Wisconsin Rural Partners president Don Sidlowski, and awards committee chairperson Coreen Fallat, at a ceremony at the Heidel House Resort and Spa in Green Lake on Thursday, April 23 at 1:30 PM. Wisconsin Rural Partners is a statewide non-profit organization that develops rural networks and leaders, and provides a voice for rural Wisconsin. WRP is the federally-recognized State Rural Development Council for Wisconsin.
Through its programs the Wormfarm Institute works across disciplines to build new models for creative community development along the urban/rural continuum. Since 2011, Wormfarm’s major initiative has been the annual Fermentation Fest, a 10-day celebration of “live culture” in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut, and includes as its centerpiece the Farm/Art DTour, a 50 mile self-guided drive through the countryside that features temporary art installations, roadside poetry, pasture performances, local food, and more. In 2014 The DTour brought between 15,000 and 17,000 visitors (DTourists) from 20 states and 5 countries to explore the region’s culture and agriculture.”
Other organizations and programs honored include the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the Baraboo Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration, Treasures of Oz and the Ozaukee County Treasures Network, and the Wisconsin Rural Collaborative for Rural Medical Education.