CLEAN FOOD BUYING CLUB Say goodbye to the grocery store!

That’s right.  Wennepher Farms has developed a local, premium, clean food buying club where you can get beyond organic meats, cheese, produce, eggs and more delivered right to your door step!  Join us for the kick-off event on September 18th from 11-2 at 8315 US Hwy 76 in Neenah.  Meet the local farmers, sample yummy food and learn about where your food is coming from!  Free event, all ages welcome.  Open to the... read more

Regenerative Pasture Management

Building healthy soils and pasture diversity We felt the best way to accomplish allowing our animals plenty of fresh greens each day was to paddock shift them. We start with our two scottish highlanders, Alf and Arnold. We section off their area of pasture and they graze happily. We let that rest and move them. Then, the pigs come by and root eat, and root some more. They are nature’s rototillers. The chickens are out there doing their thing spreading all the good stuff around. We then forecast a mix of seeds that consist of clover, alfalfa, daikon radish, sunflowers, turnips, perennial rye grass, buckwheat and peas. We call this cover crop. It rains and everything flourishes. Repeat cycle. When you have soil that is healthy and nutrient rich, there is not a need to spray to make crops grow. Nature, when left alone, is in perfect... read more

Fodder an integral part to our holistic farm design

What is fodder and why do we feed it to our animals? Our farm is currently in the process of expanding our fodder system. Producing fodder for our animals has been a very challenging and costly endeavor for us. We chose to grow fodder because it’s healthier for the animals, provides more protein and is more nutrient dense. It does not contain any pesticides, herbicides or GMO’s. Plus, we are not a commercial farm so we do not monocrop or receive subsidies from tax payers to grow corn and soy. We don’t feed our animals soy mixed feed because of the health problems soy causes to both humans and animals. Our livestock takes longer to grow than commercial farms because they are heritage breeds and where other farmers will allow them to eat a corn and soy feed mix all day to “fatten” up quickly for market, we don’t. Our farm purchase its trays for our fodder system from Paca Pride. We need 80 trays which in turn produce 350 pounds a day of fresh salad bar. Our animals love it. They actually prefer the fodder and pasture over our normal organic ration! We are on an 8 day cycle. The room needs to be climate controlled. If it’s too cold or not enough light, or proper air flow, it won’t grow. John has set up an elaborate system that incorporates an automated irrigation system which will also need an upgrade due to scaling up. In order to reach optimal temperatures, John is mimicking the model from greenhouse germination tables with undertray heating. We need to get this project... read more