Town of Delavan farm gets $5,000 grant

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DELAVAN—A California company has awarded a town of Delavan farm a grant to help its business.

The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company, gave Turtle Creek Gardens a $5,000 grant to help improve drainage and rainwater flooding on the farm, according to a news release from the FruitGuys.

Farm staff will construct swales to mitigate rainwater runoff from a neighboring farm and prevent flooding and ponding on the farm's interior areas.

Swales are depressions in moist areas that can be used to capture water. At Turtle Creek, the swales will be planted with grasses, perennials, flowering plants and even some marketable crops, according to the news release.

Turtle Creek is an 18-acre farm that grows certified-organic vegetables and sells them at farmers markets, organic grocery stores, restaurants, directly from the farm and through shares in a community-supported agriculture program.

The farm uses biodynamic techniques, which have been described as “organic-plus.”

In biodynamics, the farm is more of a closed system, generating its own fertilizer and plant protectants from livestock, herbs and other items already available on the farm.

In an interview for a 2014 story in The Gazette, Turtle Creek co-owner Janet Gamble described a highly connected ecological system. “One thing is related to the next and to the next and to the next,” she said.

The FruitGuys awarded more than $40,000 in grants to small farms and farming projects across the country.

The other Wisconsin winner was Troy Community Farm, Madison. The farm runs a beginning farmer-training program and produces certified-organic herbs and cut flowers.

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