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Elma

"We came here from Switzerland in 1950 without ever seeing our farm, only pictures. There was an advertisement in the newspaper and we made a down payment. We knew we had to learn English so we studied and it was hard. We came over by boat and then took a train from New [...]

November 30th, 2017|Stories|

Adam

Adam loves living out in the country, he says it is peaceful here. He grew up in a small town in the mountains of the state of Veracruz in Mexico. When he grew up, he was accustomed to caring for pigs, rabbits, hens, and goats. "We would use a lot of the resources around us [...]

November 22nd, 2017|Stories|

Roberto

If you head out to the farm where Roberto works, it will be hard to find him in one specific spot. He could be working in the shop, fixing the roof of the barn after a hail storm, or filling in for a co-worker in the milking parlor. He said he [...]

Charlie

If you ever show up to the town of Waumandee recycling center during any of the four hours it is open every week, Charlie will be there to help you and he will most definitely have a smile and a story to share. Charlie was born on a farm in [...]

Neighbors

The beauty of living in an agricultural community like ours is that many people can tell you when their grandparents, great parents, or even great great grandparents came and settled here. The bonds feel strong because people can go back a few generations and find the connections to each other [...]

2016 & 2017 Trips

In addition to visiting families in Veracruz, we were able to travel to Huachinango, in the northern part of the state of Puebla for the first time. There, we had the privilege of getting a tour of a piece of land bought by an employee [...]

2005-2015 Trips

2005-2015 More transformative experiences took place as students from the UW-River Falls Dairy Science program, public health professionals, DATCP professionals, pastors, and new dairy producers participated in immersion trips.

The Pioneer Trips

The first trips, starting in 2001, were taken with dairy producers who had the opportunity to attend a language school in Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos and later in Buenavista de Cuellar in the state of Guerrero. In addition to learning some Spanish and understanding the challenge of beginning to grasp a [...]