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Producers Named MOSES Organic Farmers of Year
USAgNet - 01/22/2020

The owners of Four Elements Organic Herbals near North Freedom have been chosen as the 2020 Organic Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service. Jane Hawley Stevens and her husband, David Stevens will be honored during the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse on February 27.

The Stevens have been growing organic herbs and selling wellness products from their 130-acre certified organic farm near Baraboo for over 30 years. They grow over 200 varieties of herbs to make wellness products, such as teas, creams, tinctures, lip balms, and sprays. They also harvest wild plants, including dandelion, chickweed, white pine, and burdock, which have medicinal qualities.

Both Jane and David have degrees in horticulture. David works full-time at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. During the summer, he also puts in full-time hours at the farm, using organic methods to manage weeds and build soil health. Jane has worked full-time on the farm building the business since the early 1980s.

The farm now has six employees who work flexible schedules that allow time for family life.

The award recognizes one Midwest farmer/farm family each year for outstanding land management, innovative farming practices, and the outreach they do to teach others how organic farming works.

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