About Your Farmers

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Dennis and Anne have been farming together since 2009 and have almost 20 years cumulative farming experience in the Madison, WI, area. We look forward to our fourth year as an independent CSA farm and appreciate your support!

Dennis’ interest in farming started on a small cattle farm in eastern Germany during a year abroad. Despite daily temperatures that never got over 15 degrees, a limited farm vocabulary and backbreaking days of stacking wood (not to mention being a total greenhorn), it was invigorating and clearly the sort of life he wanted to lead. He came back and completed his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago while working for FamilyFarmed.org, a small non-profit promoting local food and farmers in the Chicago area. A desire to get back into hands-on farming brought Dennis to Wisconsin in 2008 and he’s been here ever since, working at several organic and diversified vegetable farms including Tomato Mountain Farm, King’s Hill Farm and Tipi Produce. He has also served as the Grower Program Manager at the FairShare CSA Coalition, where he developed and oversaw farmer education programs throughout southern Wisconsin, before starting Regenerative Roots with Anne.

Anne has been growing vegetables since 2007, when she started as the Packshed Manager at JenEhr Family Farm in Sun Prairie, WI, the day after her undergraduate graduation. She studied molecular biology and soil science at UW-Madison, completing an undergraduate thesis on prairie restoration which emphasized the importance of healthy soil in ensuring healthy ecosystems. She was drawn into sustainable agriculture by the people that she met and a few environmental studies classes. After her first season at JenEhr, Anne and two of her friends traveled abroad, including various WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) stays in Oceania, Africa, and Europe. While traveling, Anne observed how many corners of the world are still grounded in growing their own food and living modest lives. While all of this was intended as “time off” before going back to graduate school, Anne soon realized that farm work and its kinesthetic approach to learning felt more like “time on” than any formal education in her past had. She has been getting her hands dirty ever since, while working at JenEhr Family Farm, King’s Hill Farm, Tipi Produce, and now Regenerative Roots. In addition to organic vegetable farming, Anne has strong interests in earthen building, permaculture design, bicycling, fermentation, dancing, yoga and the global Transition movement.