By Tim Kowols
Peninsula Pride Farms plans on building on the progress it made during its first year of existence. Since it was founded in March 2016, its 42 members planted over 48,000 acres in cover crops to address phosphorus loss and entered agreements to assist four residents through its recently established Water Well program. During its first annual meeting Wednesday in Casco, the organization announced it would enter into multi-year programs with UW Discovery Farms and Natural Resources Conservation Service Demo Farms to further study the improvements they could make to not only make their operations better but protect ground and surface water. Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles hopes they can do more than “just do a better job.”
The organization also hopes to work with Kewaunee County and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to help improve soil maps and farmers’ nutrient management plans. Peninsula Pride Farms is made up of large and small-scale agricultural operations in Kewaunee and southern Door counties.