Poynette High School Project- Aquaponics and Outdoor Classroom

Beginning Spring of 2016 This is a multifaceted project that began with WNFA funding an aquaponics system at the Poynette High School (PHS).  Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture, raising fish as a food crop, and Hydroponics, growing plants in an aquatic environment.  The waste from the fish, in this case Tilapia, provides the nutrients … Read more

Killing People with the Fork

By Paul M. Otten, Editor A good number of years back I had the privilege of meeting Howard Lyman, the author of Mad Cowboy. Howard had been a large scale cattle rancher turned vegetarian. You may remember him best from his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show that resulted in a huge lawsuit from the … Read more

Food Compounds That Kill Test -Tube Cancer Cells Analyzed

By Marcia WoodARS News Service; Agricultural Research Service, [email protected] 4, 2008 Strawberries, grapes, blueberries and some familiar seasonings like rosemary contain compounds that can–in test tubes–kill cells of a childhood cancer. Nutrition-focused research by molecular biologist Susan J. Zunino of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC), Davis, Calif., may reveal … Read more

Vegetables and Fruits Aid Weight Loss

The public seems to have lost interest in low-carbohydrate fad diets. In a recent survey conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research, four out of five weight-conscious people said they turn to salads, vegetables and fruits when trying to shed a few pounds. This is good news. Despite all the books, advertisements and commercial … Read more


WNFA helped fund the early stages of “The Greenhouse Project” where the group Central Rivers Farmshed restored a dilapidated greenhouse in downtown Stevens Point and created an educational/demonstration site for creating compost and provide growing space for the community.  They have a community commercial kitchen for demonstrating seasonal food preparation as well as space for … Read more

Poynette High School Project Accepts Delivery of Donated Tiller

WNFA provides a new Cub Cadet rototiller for the PHS Outdoor Classroom project. Johnson Sales in Arlington, WI was kind enough to offer a discounted price to WNFA. Johnson Sales in Arlington was kind enough to discount the cost of the rototiller for the Ag class’s Outdoor Classroom project. Kessa LaBlanc, Agricultural Education Instructor and … Read more

Poynette Elementary School Gardens

Poynette Elementary School Gardens In 2011, the Poynette School District’s elementary school students, except for the kindergarteners, moved from the old Arlington Elementary School to the first-through-eighth- grade school in Poynette. The student garden at the Arlington school was where avid gardener and first-grade teacher Joyce Tomczak taught her students about nature, the food cycle, … Read more

Apples Give A Healthy Start To A New Year

American Institute for Cancer ResearchThe Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah – features apples and honey rather than champagne and fireworks. Like most New Year’s celebrations, it is a joyous occasion, but just a bit more solemn. It is a time to reflect on the year that’s ending and focus on bringing in a sweet … Read more