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Farm Tour Features Organic Milk, Hydroponic Tomatoes

August 23, 2018

Organic milk and hydroponic tomatoes are among the areas that will be featured at the first Sustainable Farm Tour Saturday in Antigo and Deerbrook.

Sustainable agriculture, a hot topic right now, is farming in sustainable ways based on an understanding of ecosystem services. Simply put, it is an ecosystem approach to agriculture, avoiding practices that can cause long-term damages.

Saturday’s event will feature six local operations devoted to providing potatoes, dairy, fruits, veggies, maple syrup, and meats. Among them are the Bures Family Organic Dairy Farm, and Canopy Gardens, a very durable hydroponic greenhouse that provides diners across the state with fresh and delicious tomatoes even in the dead of winter.

Tours will take place at 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at each farm. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start.

Tickets for the day are $5 per person and can be purchased at Sweet Thyme, Green Hen, and Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and at each of the farms the day of the event.
Bures Family Organic Dairy Farm is located at N6071 Rosedale Rd, Deerbrook, operated by Andy and Stephanie Bures with help from apprentice farmers they teach on site.

It’s a longtime family operation, purchased by Bures’ grandfather after World War II and continued by his father. Bures bought it in 1999 following a 20-year tenure in the Army and graduate school.

The family owns 150 acres and leases another 90. The farm milks about 45 Holsteins and has another 45 heifers. Production goal is 50 pounds of milk a day per cow.

Rotational grazing is key to the organic operation, with the milk herd moved two or three times daily to make the best use of grass and forage.

The farm will offer hayrides through the pastures and fields to see the cows at work.
Operated by two generations of the Augustyn family,  Canopy Gardens is located at N3000 Orchard Rd, Antigo. It started as an 11,000-squarefoot dream and has been transformed into a “blooming business.”

Since it started in 1995, Canopy Gardens has gone through two major expansions, now encompassing just under an acre with 7,000 plants.

It offers vine-riped beefsteak tomatoes, on-the-vine cluster tomatoes, European seedless cucumbers, grape tomatoes, basil and fresh homemade salsa in mild, medium and Habanero varieties.

All produce is grown hydroponically and has not been genetically altered or sprayed with harmful pesticides or herbicides. And the greenhouses are heated with a renewable resource as well, wood chips purchased from a local saw mill.

To find out more about McDougal’s Farm LLC and Igl Farms Organic Spuddies, Antigo Daily Journal will be having another article in their August 23, 2018 edition.

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