Around the Farm Table takes viewers through our farming landscape to shine a spotlight on Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers. The show is designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices through stories, recipes and information all delivered with a dose of fun, entertainment and original music. Our host, Inga Witscher, is a fourth-generation organic dairy farmer whose knowledge and disarming charm gets even the most quiet farmers to join in the conversation. Driven to seek out the best ingredients our region has to offer, each episode follows Inga as she gathers what she needs to produce a meal that celebrates our landscape and our appetites, Around the Farm Table.
A passionate dairy farmer, Inga and her her husband Joe Maurer own and operate a small organic dairy farm near Osseo, Wisconsin. When she’s not setting up pastures for their cows to graze, milking the 15 Jerseys, making cheese with her father, or indulging her passions for gardening and cooking, Inga collaborates with her team to develop narratives for Around the Farm Table. After growing up on her family’s dairy farm on the West Coast, making cheese on the East Coast, she is thrilled to now be in the middle of the country, home to truly happy cows, and a vibrant agriculture all of which she loves to celebrate Around the Farm Table.
Joe is a founding partner of Around the Farm Table and collaborates as a writer, editor, musician and producer. Outside ATFT, Joe brings experience as an urban designer. Joe’s passion for landscape led him to work with urban gardens in Eau Claire see: “Forest Street Pavilion and Community Gardens” .
Ricky is a founding partner of Around the Farm Table and collaborates as a producer and is our lead set designer. Ricky has worked as a professional musician, producer and performer for television. Ricky brings past experience as a dairy farmer on both coasts. He currently is licensed as a cheese maker in the state of Wisconsin.
Peter Eaton, Director of Photography – Peter brings experience as a photographer, director and colorist. Peter has written and directed several of his own short films and music videos, notably Sugar Mountain which was shot in the Chippewa Valley.
Mike Paulus, Webmaster – Mike has worked for 15 years in interactive media, from producing educational video games to writing/managing content for print and the web at Volume One Magazine to creating and maintaining websites for small businesses throughout the Midwest.
Marsha Weiner, Consultant – Marsha is a writer, producer and product developer with expertise in children’s media, the field of aging and food. She worked with the Witschers while they were living in Northern Virginia, and is delighted to be back in their orbit.
Josh Smeltzer/Clever Owl, Graphic Design – Based in beautiful Eau Claire, Wis., Clever Owl is a marketing and design firm that helps businesses of all sizes turn heads. They specialize in strategy development, graphic design and copy writing, and love the sweet, victorious feeling of succeeding at everything they do.