Black Rabbit Farm tour
To the Editor:
On Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m., there will be a tour of Black Rabbit Farm, which is owned by Samantha and Tommy Enright. Black Rabbit is a small, family farm located on the Tomorrow River. It features sustainably grown vegetables, berries, and pasture-raised chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used on the farm.
The Enrights came from Seattle to central Wisconsin to start their farm partly because they both grew up here, but also because they’d searched the internet and found that the events and initiatives organized by Central Rivers Farmshed, a nonprofit in Stevens Point, had attracted many farmers interested in farming without chemicals, along with many locavore eaters eager to buy food from these farmers.
Before moving to this area, the Enrights did a series of tours at local farms that helped them to become aware of the strong network of generous locavore farmers here who stand ready to support and help each other; and they welcome new farmers into their group. As Tommy says, “These are farmers who understand that in order for any one of them to be successful they all need to be successful.”
Sam and Tommy were welcomed into this loose collective of farmers who enjoy working to heal the world through the local use of growing practices that are more sustainable practices such as the use of compost to build the fertility and structure of the soil, and practices that eliminate, as much as possible, the use chemicals as they farm. This is done to reduce toxic chemical residues that can be harmful to both people and eco systems.
These farmers celebrate, even relish sometimes, the amount of work it takes to produces healthy food that also builds the local economy and a more resilient local food system.
Committing to this sort of agriculture requires a delicate balance within the Enright family system, a family that includes two young children. Tommy acknowledges that it’s difficult to balance three pursuits that each require his full time attention: the family, their farm and his off-farm job.
Tommy feels that what carries him and his wife through the trials and tribulations of being new farmers is the sense of independence and adventure he developed as a small boy living in rural Wisconsin where he “could go outside every day and run into the forest to find adventure.” He and Samantha love their new adventure.
Farm-grown snacks will be offered during the tour. A ride-share car caravan is available to anyone planning to attend the tour. This option is offered in the interest of reducing our collective carbon footprint. Please write to Mary Grossnickle with questions at email@example.com.