A pause

For 2022, we have decided to take a step back from operating the program as it has been. This growing season, we will not solicit or review applications from an open call. Instead we will reach out to past resident artists who might wish to return to Wormfarm either singly or part of a creative cohort. We look forward to exploring what grows from this new model and appreciate your interest in this foundational program.

The foundational artist residency program runs each growing season, May through October, inviting artists to engage in life on a working CSA farm. By generating, supporting and promoting links between ourselves, our work and our place on earth, we expand the idea of “community supported agriculture” to include a creative community. We host up to three artists & writers at a time, welcoming individuals with an interest in sustainable systems. Residencies range anywhere from 1-5 months, but the most successful stays usually last a minimum of 2 months.

Each day started the same—a blissful awakening to the sound of cows mooing in the pasture, sipping coffee in the cozy barn kitchen, and mindful planting and harvesting of vegetables orchestrated by Farmer Jay.”

In exchange for 15 hours in the garden per week, artists receive:

  • Rustic, private furnished rooms on the farm
  • Studio space in our continually evolving dairy barn: built in 1915, the barn is a beautiful example of the Dutch Gambrel style that we have gradually adapted to the working needs of the artists
  • Farm-fresh produce and many staples like rice, beans, flours, spices, oils & more
  • Gorgeous setting on a 40-acre farm set in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin
  • Access to tools & equipment
  • Opportunities for gallery exhibitions and community engagement.

The garden became the place where I gathered and organized thoughts to put to work in the studio, later in the day. I experienced a strong creative flow that poured into my project, which took a life of its own.”