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Springhouse Farm: Amy Fiedler’s Beautiful Place

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Springhouse Farm: Amy Fiedler’s Beautiful Place

Amy puts some transplants into the ground at her farm in Vilas.

On an eight-acre-farm in Vilas, Springhouse Farm owner Amy Fiedler admires the vibrant beauty of rows of cut flowers, her latest gardening venture. She walks the length of her high and low tunnels of lettuce varieties, marking their condition and growth. She checks on interns living on adjacent properties and those whose enthusiasm enhance her fields each season, each year. She consults with her right-hand woman, her mother Jean Fiedler, about deliveries, plans and the farm’s future. And, at the end of the day, month, season or year, Amy rests in her hard-won assertion: “There is something super healing about working in the dirt, being outside and growing things. The farm is a happy place.”

Raised in the suburbs of NYC, Amy spent summers on her grandparents’ farm in Indiana. She describes those times: “My memories are idyllic. Maybe it was the era, maybe because I was not running the farm. By 7 years old I was helping them bale hay for their cattle, dig worms from the cow manure to fish with a bamboo pole on one of their many ponds, and going to town only once a week for grocery shopping — we were city kids sent to the extreme country!”

Amy and Jean

Amy and her mom, Jean.


The Springhouse Farm greenhouse is filled with plant starts prepping to go in the fields.


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