372 County Rd. A
Cambridge, WI 53523
Lisa “Red” Juday, partner Karen Laing, and daughter Birkleigh run Prairie Fire Farm in Cambridge, WI. Together they tend to about 40 hogs, 100 chickens and about a dozen laying hens on 35 acres. Prairie Fire Farm sells directly to individuals who want full sides of pork, as well as wholesale to restaurants, chefs and caterers. You can purchase their products retail at Yahara River Grocery Co-op in Stoughton, WI, and Hamman Charcuterie in Madison, WI.
What is your growing philosophy?
We get excited about using integrated systems that support environmental health and reclaim small farming practices. When it all comes together, and we see the benefits of a system we’re working with, improvements in our land and soil, and we have a great product to show for it and a sense of sharing that food to our community…it’s awesome.
What is your favorite part of being an organic farmer?
When friends call to say they are sitting down to our pork on their table, we feel connected and it’s hugely satisfying.
What is your least favorite part?
It’s challenging trying to work with our limitations in resources (time and money). Finding ways to make the small systems work while competing with industrialized agriculture and their vast resources can challenge us but it’s that challenge that brings us here. Our challenge is our motivation!
What makes your farm special?
We come to farming with a passion for sustainability, a lifetime of work with humane treatment of animals AND a passion for good, carefully grown food. Karen is a cook who is constantly tying food back to the source, cleaning and grinding grain for artisanal bread she bakes, growing hard-to-find ingredients in our own gardens, and we do or own charcuterie—smoking and curing our own meats. We love the diversity and depth of what ends up on our plates as much as we enjoy cultivating bio-diversity on our farm for ecological reasons Prairie Fire Farm is an extension of that desire to put loving attention into producing healthy and really good food for more families than can fit around our table here at the farm!
For more information, check out their blog, email them, or call 608-884-4863.