Birch House Farm is located just outside of Madison, in the rolling hills of Springdale, WI. On the farm we raise vegetables, an assortment of culinary and medicinal herbs, perennial plants, edible and cut flowers, berries and perennial fruits, as well as pastured broilers, hops, gourmet mushrooms, and wild edibles. We offer CSA member shares that include a diverse variety of wholesome vegetables, edible flowers, cut flowers, and seasonal wild foraged items, and cultivated gourmet mushrooms. In addition to offering the tastiest, freshest, locally grown produce to our members, we also make weekly donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry from our Pantry Garden. All our members are strongly encouraged to come get their hands dirty while learning where their food comes from and also helping to share our harvest with our friends and neighbors in need.
Our farm focuses on biodiversity, we treat the whole farm as a living system.
Birch House Farm, LLC (Birkhauser literally means “Birch House” in German), formed in the fall of 2010, is owned by landowners Bob and Caryn Birkhauser and their two daughters Liz and Katie Birkhauser. The farm encompasses 33 acres of pasture/crop land, native prairie, and oak woodland. Five acres of restored native prairie were planted in 2007 with an emphasis on native medicinals using a no-chemical, no-till field preparation plan. The land has been cultivated for commercial vegetable and fruit production since 2009, when Liz began a small, successful CSA with 6 members offering vegetables, edible flowers, sprouts and wild edibles. In 2010, with the help of her fiancé Gabe Newstate, the CSA grew to 9 members, along with expansion of the garden beds. In 2010 Birch House Farm was also one of 22 recipients of the Share Your Harvest Garden Grant, offered through the Community Action Coalition of Southwestern Wisconsin. The grant allowed us get the tools we needed to have a Food Pantry Garden where our members could come to help us give back to the community. The program was a great success, the 22 gardens donated over 127,000 lbs of fresh, local produce to area pantries!
In October of 2010 Katie, her partner Sean Fisher, and their daughter Ada decided to move back to Wisconsin after 8 years in Olympia, WA to join the larger family and contribute their knowledge from their own experiences in cultivating commercial mushrooms, raising poultry and edible/medicinal plants.
The 2011 season proved to be an amazing season! The CSA expanded to 18 members and multiple restaurants shared in the bounty. The soy-free, organically fed, pastured poultry system was a success with on-farm and restaurant sales and the mushroom operation, still expanding, successfully produced multiple weeks of mushrooms for our CSA members. We have learned an amazing amount over our first season of farming together as Birch House Farm and look forward to many more!