WPVGA Supports School at Altenburg’s Farm
Cash donation matched by Incourage helps project get off the ground
By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater
On May 24, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Board of Directors agreed on a $7,500 donation to the School at Altenburg’s Farm, the members viewing the vision of fruit and vegetable grower, Harold Altenburg, as a worthwhile endeavor.
At 84 years young, Harold, who’s been growing corn, strawberries and pumpkins on the same land off Highway 54 in Wisconsin Rapids since 1964, is easing into semi-retirement.
For over 50 years, Altenburg’s Farm has been a tradition for Central Wisconsin families, schools and students. With his four children following other career paths, as Harold looks to the future, it’s his wish to have Altenburg’s Farm continue to benefit the community beyond his lifetime.
He envisions a classroom made of earth and sky where students can get out from behind their desks, get their hands dirty and not just learn, but thrive.
With his passion for youth and their development, Harold’s vision is to form a not-for-profit farm school with the goal of helping young people develop life skills through on-farm learning.
Altenburg shared his vision with Incourage, a values-led leader in philanthropy and community development. Incourage connects people like Harold, who wishes to benefit the community through his school, to resources, grants and other forms of capital.
With a goal of raising $75,000 in startup and working capital for the School at Altenburg’s Farm, Incourage offered a grant matching the first $25,000 raised, which includes the WPVGA’s donation.