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Daphne Kingsley

Conferences: 
2012 North American Biodynamic Conference

Daphne grew up on a small family farm in northern New York. After a couple of years of college and some adventures traveling, she followed her interest in community supported agriculture to a biodynamic farm in northern California, Live Power Community Farm, where she apprenticed for 2 years. During this time she met her future husband, and fellow apprentice Cameron. After spending a couple of seasons on the farm together, they left inspired to continue on the path of biodynamic farming. They spent a few years on various farms in the Northeast further developing their farming skills and knowledge before settling in Wisconsin in 2006.

Daphne and Cameron, with their two daughters Kaia and Miriam, now have a 40-acre grass-based biodynamic farm in Cashton, Wisconsin. With the help of an FSA loan, they purchased the land about 3 years ago and have been building the farm from the ground up. These early years of establishing a biodynamic farm have focused primarily on infrastructure, fencing systems, improving pastures, and building soil fertility. Prairie Roots Community Farm is completely off the grid, utilizing solar and wind power to run the farm and a team of draft horses for fieldwork. They have a small herd of dairy cows and are building up a seasonal micro-dairy. They also direct market some grass-fed beef and pastured pork to their local community.