Grain through the Ages: Land Stewardship, a Sense of Place, and Community
In 1985, the Kelderhouse Farm was purchased by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and farming ceased. Along with many other farms, the Kelderhouse Farm was to have the buildings torn down and the land allowed to return to wilderness. The community rallied to save the historic agricultural area in Port Oneida and it was designated an agricultural historic district in 1999 (Port Oneida Rural Historic District). In 2015,—thirty years later—the farm is once again being farmed by a fifth generation Kelderhouse family member (with the help of community volunteers, and in collaboration with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore).
Twilight Tours are an opportunity for area small farmers to learn from one another’s practices through a series of tours and farmer-led workshops. Farm tours are particularly valuable for beginning farmers as a way to build relationships, observe a wide variety of management styles and find support from a peer network. Upcoming Twilight Tours will have a unique theme, depending upon the farm. Following the tour will be plenty of time for Q&A.