Rural Urban Flow is a growing network of cultural and agricultural producers across Wisconsin’s rural-urban continuum. We look beyond neighborhoods and news feeds to cultivate common ground. 

For information about Earthtones by Tory Tepp, as featured at the Flow's booth at the Farm Aid festival, click here.

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In a MOMENT where we’re told urban centers and rural communities are hopelessly divided…

We are artists, farmers, and other community leaders from Milwaukee and Sauk County, Wisconsin, and the community-led organizations and networks that support them. 

We are invested in the health of our communities—including people, animals, plants, and the land itself.

We are part of the Performing Our Future coalition, where we work with partner networks across the country to create a future where we own what we make.

We work to explore each other’s landscapes and communities and discover our interdependence, interconnectedness, and shared humanity.

We work to promote curiosity, regional prosperity, and deeper understanding, and to be a renewable source of pleasure.

We work to discover our latent assets and grow our communities’ wealth through making food, art, and culture together.

We began as a series of bus tours, bringing people in Milwaukee to visit Wormfarm Institute and Fermentation Fest in Sauk County, and bringing people in Sauk County to visit Alice's Garden and Alchemy on Lisbon in Milwaukee. 

We are growing into an ongoing network of exchange, collaboration, and support. Scroll down to learn more, and join in!


an introduction to the flow

Video by Milwaukee Flow participants Adam Carr, Sara Daleiden, and Wes Tank


rural urban flow includes...

  • Wormfarm Institute.  Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology and fertile ground for creative work.  In addition to a farm-based artist residency  Wormfarm hosts the annual Fermentation Fest and biennial Farm/Art DTour, -- featured on PBS NewsHour -- which draw guests from rural and urban communities across the state and the country.  
  • The Table. A ministry in north Milwaukee that runs the renowned urban farm Alice's Garden, The Table provides models of regenerative farming, community cultural development, and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape. The Table recognizes the cultivating, preparing, and preserving of food, and food traditions, as cultural arts to be reclaimed and celebrated fully in urban agriculture. To learn more, take a look at this video.
  • Rural cultural and agricultural producers including Sarah Lloyd (Wisconsin Farmers Union), Kriss Marion (Soil Sisters), Curt Meine (Aldo Leopold Foundation), and Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Little Eagle Arts Foundation) .
  • Urban cultural and agricultural producers including Adam Carr, Sara Daleiden (MKE <-> LAX), James Godsil (Sweet Water Foundation), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (Still Waters Collective), Ck Ledesma (Cosecha), Martina Patterson (Alchemy on Lisbon), Wes Tank,  and Evelyn Terry.

go with the flow!

To learn more about what's happening with the Flow, and find out opportunities to join in, send us a quick email. Make sure to tell us who you are, where you're from, and what you're most excited about doing.

Earthtones by Tory Tepp

EARTHTONES BY TORY TEPP (featured at the rural urban flow booth at the farm aid 2019 festival)

Earthtones is a project that joins connecting to the earth and connecting with music through a process of improvisation, play and agricultural ritual. By repurposing garden tools into hybrid musical instruments, participants are invited to explore and integrate the rhythms of these connections. Since the performances are improvised, on made up instruments, skill and training are rendered unnecessary prerequisites to engaging with music making. This offers fully accessible soundcraft as everyone can already play them with the same degree of proficiency. Curiosity is all that’s needed.

Earthtones began in 2016 as a prelude to the Music Box Tampa Bay project, which entailed a village of musical architecture, as the creative vision of artist collective New Orleans Airlift. My part within this village, the Lunar Tool Shed was comprised of a living, sound-making tool shed, the first in a series of hybrid musical garden tools and a dirt lab to experiment and play them in. The musical tools were expanded upon and went on to perform in the Ixchel Song Garden project the following year. After relocating to Wisconsin, Earthtones has found a new set of repurposed tools and a revolving cast of artists and musicians to explore improvisational soundscapes.

Tory is  thrilled to bring earthtones to FarmAid