The School at Altenburg’s Farm

The School at Altenburg’s Farm

Harold Altenburg’s wish is to have Altenburg’s Farm continue to benefit the community beyond his lifetime. With his passion for youth and their development, his vision is to form a not-for-profit farm school. The school’s goal is to help young people develop life skills through on-farm learning. The farm will also continue to provide the products and activities the community has enjoyed for so many years.

The School at Altenburg’s Farm is now a registered 501(c)3 with a board of directors. In May 2017, the board hired Greg Gerdes as farm manager. In August, The School held three Family Farm Fun Nights. Currently, the educational emphasis is a formal youth apprentice program in agriculture and farm experience for students 14-19 years of age. Development of curriculum opportunities throughout the K – 12 school levels is also planned. 

In January 2017, Incourage announced a $25,000 match through the Ruth B. and Hartley B. Barker Memorial Fund for Youth to support start-up expenses for The School. Thanks to our community’s generosity and support, the full match was realized. Residents investing their time, talents and resources are helping bring Harold’s vision to life, and will ensure the future success of this community asset.

The School’s Board of Directors is comprised of six individuals who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in education, agriculture, and farming:

  • Jeff Boyd (Mortenson Brothers Farms)
  • Ashleigh Calaway (Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation)
  • Brad Kremer (Hillcrest Family Farms)
  • Tracy Neve (former teacher, now at Renaissance Learning)
  • Gale West (retired ag-business and farmer)
  • Gus Mancuso (Incourage)

If you would like more information about The School at Altenburg’s Farm, please email [email protected].

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