Podcast on Wormfarm

The Wormfarm Institute in Sauk County, Wisconsin, is rural creative placemaking at its best. It's a 40-acre organic vegetable farm and creative hub, begun 15 years ago by two artists (Jay Salinas and his partner Donna Neuwirth). While the two Chicago-born and bred artists had a lot to learn about farming, they brought with them a deep appreciation of culture in all its forms and a real curiosity about their new community. Wormfarm aims to recreate the link that once existed between culture and agriculture with innovative and intuitive projects that center around a sense of the land and the community. In this conversation with the NEA's Josephine Reed, Wormfarm co-founder, Jay Salinas talks about Wormfarm and its projects.

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A farm scene with chickens in the foreground and a large barn with a silo in the background.

Wormfarm

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Jay Salinas

Jay Salinas, co-founder of Wormfarm

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Young woman in overalls in a field with cows.

Resident Artist with cows

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Mobile vegetable stand with wood paneling and carved sign reading Home Grown.

Roadside Culture Stand by Homer Daehn

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Mobile vegetable stand with siding panels and painted sign reading Home Grown.

Roadside Culture Stand by Peter Flanary

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Gallery visitors behind a net-like twine sculture with gourd hangings.

Woolen Mill Gallery Exhibit Bailing Twine

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Image of a lucious garden with a large gourd sculpture.

Wormfarm garden with gourd

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Young man sitting at a desk busy at work in a barn, a large open door shows the field beyond.

Wormfarm Resident Artist at work

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A street parade showing a large red locomotive irregularly shaped & built from scrap materials.

Reedikulus Puppet Festival tractor. Artist Chris Lutter