REEDSBUG, Wisconsin (WXOW) - For ten days in early October, a fifty mile stretch of road in Reedsburg is transformed into an art gallery as part of Fermentation Fest.
"The Farm Art DTour is the main attraction of Fermentation Fest which takes place during that ten day period. There are classes and workshops on the weekends, but the Farm Art DTour takes place the entire ten days and it is a fifty mile self-guided drive through beautiful scenic farmlands like this," says Donna Neuwirth, the Executive Director at Wormfarm Institute.
The temporary installations are created by regional and national artists. It's also a chance for area farmers to showcase their hard work.
Larry Mundth, a Dairy Farmer at Aspen Sunset Farm says, "I think that it's important for people to understand where their food comes from. The fermentation fest and the Farm Art DTour is a good opportunity to actually be educated on some of the crops that we grow out here and some of the work process that we use in doing it."
There are thirty-nine stops along the DTour; some feature temporary art installations, field notes which explain various aspects of agriculture, roadside farm stands selling produce, pasture performances including music, dance, theater and even kite flying...
"During the DTour farmers are out there doing their work. And we didn't really intend it, but many of the farmers will stop what they're doing and if they see someone looking, they'll explain what it is they do, and it's amazing how much they appreciate having an opportunity to tell their story," says Jay Salinas, Co-founder of Wormfarm Institute.
There are also seminars and classes offered during the weekends where people can learn about fermenting various foods, for example, learning to pair cheese with fermented beverages.
"Our mission is to integrate culture into agriculture. And the word culture is embedded in the word agriculture. So we want to remind people that this is a creative occupation that moves and changes with the times and ferments and transforms just like milk does to cheese," concludes Donna.
The festival runs from October 4th - 13th and the Farm Art DTour is available to view the entire time. For a schedule of events and activities click here.
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