Wormfarm Institute


Fermentation Fest is back this year with a twist! Wormfarm Institute will collaborate with partners on the Grassland 2.0 team at UW-Madison to host a modified Ferm Fest at the historic Witwen Park the weekend of September 25-26, 2021. While our traditional roster of classes isn’t in the cards, there will be plenty of live culture: fermentation demos, local food, musical performances and presentations about the importance of grasslands and grazing in regenerative agriculture. Click here to learn more and sign up for our mailing list for the latest updates. A list of fermenters, food vendors, musicians, performers and presenters will be announced in August.

Photo by Katrin Talbot

Ready for the DTour?

Presented by Wormfarm Institute, the Farm/Art DTour will return in fall 2022. The biennial DTour is a free, self-guided drive through Wisconsin’s working farmland, punctuated by large-scale artworks, local food markets, roadside poetry (Burma Shave format), and educational Field Notes. This 50-mile agri/cultural excursion highlights connections between the arts and agriculture, and brings people together from across the rural-urban continuum to celebrate the land and those who care for it.

The DTour has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America as a model of Creative Placemaking. It has brought thousands of visitors to rural Sauk County, stimulating our economy and creating pride of place. Our audience has grown from 3,000 in 2011 to 22,000 in 2016 when, in order to manage its growth, the DTour shifted to a biennial. In 2022, we will return to a new route with trailheads in Plain and Sauk Prairie, allowing us to deepen collaboration with new partners, align with existing assets such as Badger Prairie and the Great Sauk State Trail, and highlight the unique beauty and diverse cultures of the Driftless Region.

Join Us for 2021 #Test Plots

This growing season, Wormfarm Institute invites you to Test Plots—a series of experimental, outdoor programs presented in the beautiful landscapes of rural Sauk County, Wisconsin. Building on 20 years of Wormfarm’s agri/cultural programs along the rural-urban continuum, the series brings together artists, farmers, chefs, designers and community leaders from southern Wisconsin and further afield. Learn more

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