Thank You!

We wish to thank all those who helped make Fermentation Fest a great success again this year bringing thousands of people to the Reedsburg area including a film crew from the Smithsonian!

On behalf of the Wormfarm Institute I wish to thank: The City of Reedsburg Parks Department and Sauk County UW Extension for providing significant support. We are grateful to our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Reedsburg Area United Fund, UW Extension Arts and Culture Committee, the City of Reedsburg Room Tax Commission, the Hegner Family Foundation and the Educational Foundation of America.  A special thanks to The John Michael Kohler Art Center for use of the Culinary Art Car.

We would also like to thank our major sponsors:  Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Cricket Design Works. Additional event sponsors include: Lands’ End, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Vintage Brewing and Water House Foods. Thanks to Kristine Koenecke and the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce for acting as the Fermentation Fest Headquarters again this year and to the Reedsburg Revitalization Organization and Reedsburg ArtsLink for their support.

We are grateful to the Reedsburg Independent, Reedsburg Times Press, Baraboo News Republic, and WRDB for spreading the word and to all of our advertisers and fabulous Food Chain vendors.

Special tribute goes to all those who allowed the use of their space for classrooms and events including, Dietz Kitchen Gallery, Warehouse Row, Avalon ballroom, LK Designs, Vault Wine Bar and the City of Reedsburg. And to the instructors who came from as far as Oaxaca Mexico with a super special thank you to Lou Bank of S.A.C.R.E.D for organizing.

Big thanks to Pete Petersen and Corner Pub for huge help with the beer tent, Shawndell Marks and SoulSong Productions for the use of stage and equipment, Beth Persche for the beautiful mosaic archways, fence posts and more; and to Peter Krsko for the beer fence. Thanks to Ray Cummings from Citetek for providing technical support and to the Dietz family for countless acts of skill and kindness. Our sincere thanks to a very long list of volunteers organized by Marti Prorok who hosted classes, installed and de-installed art works, housed class instructors, put up signs, and more – they are too numerous to mention.

Finally thank you to the Wormfarm Board of Directors, the amazing staff and resident artists for their tireless work and inspiration over the past year.  And to all who participated in or contributed to this live culture convergence over the ten months it takes each year to bring it to life. We hope to see you all next year with the return of the Farm/Art DTour.


Donna Neuwirth

Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute