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Old-Fashioned Wisconsin Country Fair with New Organic Twist

July 27, 2007

It's a Wisconsin country fair with an organic twist. This weekend's Kickapoo Country Fair in La Farge will feature farm tours, cooking demos, and animal exhibits, all promoting local foods and organic and sustainable farming. Keynote speaker Charles Benbrook, chief scientist with The Organic Center, says organic foods are on the rise in Wisconsin and the state's environment and topsoil will benefit.

"The improvement in soil quality in a state like Wisconsin has significant water quality benefits, and also the soil holds water better, so crops are less vulnerable to periods of drought."

He sees payoffs at the dinner table too.

"The much deeper, richer flavors in organic produce is one of the benefits for consumers."

Harriet Behar with Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service says the fair will also help Wisconsinites do their own organic gardening.

"Their lawns, their gardens, all the benefits that they receive from getting organic food at the store, they can then have in their back yard."

The fair runs through the weekend on the grounds of the Organic Valley company headquarters.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI