Hey everyone! Rampfest is just around the corner! We are again partnering with the good people at the Driftless Folk School to make a jam packed day of outdoor learning and great eating at our farm. Free camping will be available Friday and Saturday night.
From the Folk School:
Join us for RampFest, the Driftless Folk School’s annual gathering to mark the beginning of Spring! RampFest is a daylong community event on Saturday, April 30th celebrating ramps, local wild foods, folk skills, and community at B&E’s Trees outside Newry, Wisconsin. The farm is a working commercial maple syrup operation that is full to the brim with the flora and fauna of forested land – which means ramps! Throughout the day, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from DFS instructors in three organized educational sessions. Hands-on workshops include sustainable ramp harvesting, spring ephemeral and tree identification, maple syrup production, spoon carving, knot-tying, primitive skills, and more! RampFest is a family friendly community event.
Time: 8:00am-6:30pm (with camping Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday evening bonfire)
Lodging: Attendees are encouraged to camp on site the night of Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.
Accommodations are rustic. There are outhouses and water for hand washing. There are no showers.
Food: (A light) Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, April 30 are included. Meals will be ramp based and include as much local and organic food as possible. Please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Volunteer Positions available in 4 hour shifts for a tuition discount. Sign up for volunteering here.
What are Ramps?
Ramps (Allium tricoccum) are also known as a spring onion, wild leek, and/or wild garlic. Nature has blessed the Driftless region of SW Wisconsin with rolling hills, spring fed streams and a significant amount of maple forests. The latter is a perfect environment for the growth of ramps. If you have never had them, think of a bulb of onion/garlic the size of your thumb connected to a red stem that spreads its wings into diamond shaped greens. And, the whole plant is edible! Learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/1qdzgIA and http://bit.ly/1kB8Xsa