Town says venture would require rezoning because of parcel size
The Town of Fredonia Plan Commission got a preview last month of what could become the next business venture in the community.
Paul and Sara Huber appeared before the commission for a consultation on plans to start a subscription produce farm, known as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), on farmland on the north side of Highway A.
The couple have been operating a small organic vegetable farm known as Shared Seasons Community Farm in Malone outside Fond du Lac, since the spring of 2013.
Paul Huber has a degree in soil and land management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and has worked on several organic farms in Wisconsin as well as in Spain and New Zealand.
His wife has a degree in elementary education and extensive training in food preservation.
Paul Huber told the commission the couple currently leases land in the town, but hope to purchase about 10 acres for the farming venture and their home.
Huber said he hopes to raise organic vegetables and chickens on the parcel.
Before that can happen, a land division from the parent parcel of more than 100 acres is needed.
A rezoning is also required because 10 acres is too small to retain the land’s current A-1 zoning.
Commission members had no objections to the plan, but told Huber he will need to have a percolation test conducted to identify a suitable home site on the land. A certified survey map of the parcel must also be prepared.
On the Shared Seasons website, Huber explained the mission of the farm.
“Our goal is to be as ecologically, socially and economically sustainable as possible,” he wrote.
“It is extremely important that we farm this way because serving our community is at the core of what we do. In order to do this we work to protect our local resources, help revitalize the local economy, provide delicious and nourishing food, and foster a delightful community.”