Organic Market Garden and Food Forest
It is the Mission of Hawthorn Hollow’s Organic Market Garden and Food Forest to provide the community with a source of local food and to educate and demonstrate innovative and sustainable ways to grow one’s own food through organic practices in a limited space.
It is our vision to cultivate the Organic Market Garden and Food Forest into reliable source of local organic food. We aspire to operate using sustainable practices including but not limited to rainwater capture, limited energy use/alternative energy, re-using materials, producing no waste, incorporating natural building practices, and composting while observing the principles of permaculture. We plan to integrate landscape, food crops, and botanical aesthetics in our orchard under the “food forest” label while exploring new methods of food production and increasing the diversity of our yield. We strive to provide educational programs to spread knowledge of growing and preserving one’s own food with consideration for the health and sustainability of future generations.
Last year was the inaugural year for Hawthorn Hollow’s Organic Market Garden and Food Forest. With a $1.00 lease generously granted by Charles Heide we have modestly begun to use a 5 acre parcel of land north of Hawthorn Hollow on the N.W. corner of Hwy 31 and CTY A. This year our seeds have been started early with the help of Gateway Technical College’s Urban Farming Program. We plan to expand the gardens and look forward to continuous growth for years to come. As always volunteers are needed to help with everything from planting, weeding, harvesting, marketing, teaching, and a variety of chores.
The first year we began with amending the soil and having some success with an Heirloom Vegetable garden. This year we are expanding the vegetable garden and have added an Herb garden, a Three Sister’s garden and have started planting our “Food Forest”. The food forest is a low maintenance multi-layered food production system that will take many years to fully establish. It is comprised of a variety of fruit/nut trees, shrubs, vines, perennial vegetables and herbs all producing edible yields. The Three Sisters garden historically goes back to Native American gardening with the concept of companion planting, in which one plant helps the other.
We are also considering free-range chickens this year for the production of eggs. Along with our maple syrup and honey that we already produce, our goal is to have enough products to sell throughout the summer and have abundance to market at harvest time.
We would like to say Thank You!, again, to Charles Heide Jr. for the use of the land, and Gateway Technical College for their continuous partnership. If you are interested in helping out in the garden this year, please contact TJ Leveque at email@example.com.
Kenosha Public Museum Partnerships
ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG Hawthorn Hollow will host an archeological dig this spring to search for the old Indian trail and the US Road which eventually became Green Bay Road. Kenosha Public Museum Director Dan Joyce will lead the dig that is co-sponsored by Kenosha Public Museum and Hawthorn Hollow. Those interested can share in the experience and become an archeologist for a weekend by taking part in the dig as a student in the Archeology Adventure class offered in conjunction with the dig this April. The team will use ground penetrating radar, shovel tests, and block excavations to try and find these old “roads”.
Earlier digs on the grounds have yielded evidence of one leg of the old Indian trail on the west side of Pike River near the current location of the Hawthorn Hollow replica wigwam. Joyce believes this leg of the road to be too narrow to have supported the wagon traffic that traversed the old US Road. After reviewing historical survey maps of the area done in the 1830’s, Joyce believes there is strong evidence that the larger old US Road must have crossed the grounds of Hawthorn Hollow somewhere between the east bank of the Pike River and the current position of Green Bay Road.
NEW FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITY To honor our historical roots and the people who first used these roads, Hawthorn Hollow is offering a brand new field trip opportunity to the community called “In the Footsteps of the Potawatomi.”
This field trip is designed in partnership with Kenosha Public Museum’s “People of the Woodlands” exhibit and gives young learners a chance to experience many aspects of the native people’s lives in the natural setting of Hawthorn Hollow’s woodlands and prairies. This field trip is offered starting the second week of May and will run through summer.
Students will walk the Old Indian Trail and experience the lives of the Potawatomi who lived in southeastern Wisconsin for centuries and traveled the grounds of what is now Hawthorn Hollow. The experiences are focused on how these peoples used the natural resources around them to prepare for the changing seasons. The natural cycles of abundance and decline throughout the year influenced how these people lived on a seasonal basis and students will reenact life during these cycles while investigating the causes of these natural processes in an outdoor setting
New Addition to Observatory
Many thanks to Chuck Heide who has generously donated a 16″ Meade LX200 ACF telescope. The telescope will make the Hawthorn Hollow Schoolyard Observatory & Science Education Center a premier destination for public night sky observing opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin.
Hawthorn Hollow Mini-Doc Video
Thanks so much to our friends at Creative-Root.com for the excellent video telling the story of Hawthorn Hollow!