We depend on the land to feed ourselves, support our homes and communities, and build a future for our families. Unfortunately, modern lifestyle tends to consume rather than conserve land. The cost is especially high when so many dream of a house on a half-acre with roads in all directions to school, work and shopping. To achieve that dream, we use land unwisely and sacrifice many aspects of communal life and work that made our country what it is today. Fortunately, we have enough undeveloped land in the Coulee Region to practice “smart growth”…to include buffers of useful green space for healthy outdoor activities. Clearwater Farm is one of those rare places where we can still touch the past and learn from it.
It’s a place for outdoor education, preservation, recreation and hard work.
Exploring, playing outdoors, learning self-sufficiency, coaxing life from the earth, making friends with farm animals…these are the essence of the Clearwater Farm experience. With your help, we can make these three acres a great place to involve people of all ages in the care of crops and animals, conservation, and neighborly connections.
Clearwater Farm is in the center of Onalaska’s proposed “greenway.” The City of
This member sums it up as “family time…the best times our family had this summer were feeding and taking care of the animals late Saturday afternoon and early Saturday evening. My children have learned what it is like to be responsible for other beings and have learned how much fun it is to work hard.”
In 1999, Clearwater Farm was established as a non profit 501(c)(3) organization to preserve parts of a 19th century Onalaska dairy farm for education, recreation and history. The farm was operational until 1998 when it was sold to a developer who was willing to consider an alternate vision for three of the 120 acres that had been known for generations as the Humfeld farm in Green Coulee. Since Clearwater Farm purchased the three red barns and the adjacent grounds in May 2006, the board has focused on making the site safe and pleasant for members, visitors and its resident “critters.” In the future, we hope to make Clearwater Farm:
We hope you and your family enjoy your visit. Please invest in this unique site’s future as members or by making a tax-deductible contribution. Share our dream of providing:
You can help preserve this bit of Onalaska’s past that integrates with Onalaska’s future. To find out more, please click the link below to e-mail us.