of a Community
By Jared Raney, Reporter Star Journal
August 8, 2015
Brendan and Jenny
Tuckey, owners and operators of EverGood Farm, one of
professional organic farms in the Rhinelander area.
Small farms are a rarity in Northern Wisconsin, but a
small group of
dedicated advocates for organic and small-scale farming
are making a
push, and a successful push at that.
“We’re increasing productivity each year,” said Brendan
runs EverGood Farms with his wife Jenny near Sugar Camp.
EverGood is a
Community Supported Agriculture farm, or CSA, and is 100
organic. Spanning a simple but efficient five-acre plot,
Brendan provide fresh, pure vegetables to Northwoods
in addition to CSA customers.
“We chose to be organic for a lot of different reasons,”
“For us, because we don’t want the pesticides and
into our bodies, but we realized that a lot of people
also feel the
same way that we do.”
The CSA business model functions as a membership
annual fees to receive a box of fresh produce every
“They’re like our core. If we didn’t have the CSA we
wouldn’t be able
to farm like we do,” Jenny said. “We really rely on the
support of our
CSA customers and appreciate how they come back year
after year. We
know their families, and they’re people we’ve gotten
close to from it,
so it’s a really cool relationship that we can have with
that I think is totally unique to a CSA.”
For years there was a vacuum in fresh organic produce in
Northwoods, what’s called a ‘food desert.’ The Tuckeys
saw a need for
small agriculture and are aiming to help fill that gap.
“Definitely it’s challenging, but people so appreciate
that they can
get something fresh and local up here in such a food
desert that we
have,” Jenny said.
The first professional organic farm in the area, after
EverGood is selling at four markets, in Eagle River,
Rhinelander. As of last week, EverGood started a brand
market, also in Rhinelander, Thursdays at the YMCA.
Rhinelander – Pioneer Park Sat. 8 a.m – Noon
Rhinelander – YMCA Thurs. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Eagle River – Wednesday 8:30 - 1pm
Minocqua – Park Complex Fri. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“It used to be people just like our stuff mainly for its
Brendan said. “And now it’s more people are concerned
about how you’re
And they aren’t the only farm joining this movement.
Organic, also in the Sugar Camp area, is run by Cody
Bates and Veronica
Pickar. They specialize in mushrooms, but are also a
farm, a member of Certified Naturally Grown. CNG is a
certification organization for small-scale organic
“Since we moved up last year and started doing farmers
definitely see a big push for the organic scene in
said. “You can see the expansion with stores such as
Some of the local restaurants, Joe’s Pasty shop and
all local organic foods, so I think the organic scene is
on the ground
level but it’s really building in the Rhinelander area.”
Kind Roots also sells their ingredients to local
businesses in addition
to selling at farmers’ markets.
who is originally from New Zealand,
where he also learned many
of his farming practices,
explains their strategies for organic farming.
better tasting product.” Brendan
said as his final
word on organics. “If you see
great-looking organic food, it’s going to taste better,
nurture the soil. And this is what a lot of conventional
have to do… this is one of the major reasons we wanted
to grow organic,
is because you end up with a better product.”
The markets are open until anywhere from late September
to middle of
October, Rhinelander’s market ending October 19th.