April 2004

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Readers’ Write!

GM Report

Board Report

Deli News

Farming at the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference

Juice Bar News

A Coffee Primer

Book News

JenEhr Family Farm: Oven-Roasted Chickens Hot & Fresh Nightly

Specials Information

Producer Profile: Just Coffee

Ask the Midwife: Healthy Teeth in Pregnancy & Infancy

Recipes & Drink Recommendations

The Earthen Courtyard Community Building Project

Barneveld Gets
a New Food Cooperative

Community Calendar


The Earthen Courtyard Community Building Project

The Willy Street Co-op is pleased to announce the “Earthen Courtyard Community Building Project” in collaboration with Outta the Box.

Help Us Build It
This spring and early summer, come to the Willy Street Co-op to learn how to build with earth. Free weekend workshops will be offered May 22nd and 23rd, and on June 5th and 6th. (The weekend of June 12th is the rain date.)

What You’ll Learn
During these workshops, interested individuals, families and children will be instructed on how to mix and sculpt cob to create beautiful structural walls. Cob is an earthen building medium similar to adobe. It is a very safe and durable building material that has been used for centuries. Additional subjects that will be discussed are alternative foundations, reusing reclaimed urban materials, and finish plastering. Together we’ll be creating a low, decorative earthen wall and archway to enhance our Rain Garden and free space on the Jenifer Street side of the Co-op. The work will be completed by hand from April through August during regular business hours.

Outta the Box
Outta the Box (OTB) is a Wisconsin-based non-profit committed to educating people of all ages and abilities about natural building techniques and edible landscaping in urban environments. OTB is interested in empowering community members of all ages and abilities to build beautiful functional spaces by fusing reclaimed and natural materials.

Learn More
March 24th from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Outta The Box will be presenting information on this project at the Willy Street Co-op. For more information on the project visit