The Naked Truth on Nude Farming

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2009 5:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The motto of Rising Sun Farm in Wisconsin is “Unconventional Farming”—the naked pleasures of which Judd Spicer experiences firsthand and recounts for the Heavy Table. Spicer describes the moment of disrobing as “scary, liberating, strange, natural, different, fun,” but once he’s free and clear the real point hits him. “At Rising Sun, it’s not about the parsing of clothes that matters, it’s the stripping of judgment.”

Rising Sun’s owner has a couple different takes on the naturalism of his farm, ranging from the philosophical—“Naked in nature, we transcend from observer to participant”—to the practical. “Even when hot, humid weather hits,” he says, “it can be quite joyful working nude when it would be miserable working clothed.” To each his own, it seems. And there’s Happy Hour every day.

Clothing is optional at Rising Sun Farms.   (Shutter Stock)
Clothing is optional at Rising Sun Farms.   (Shutter Stock)
Participants in a 2007 seminar work at Wisconsin's Rising Sun Farm.   (Rising Sun Farm)
The farm's logo.   (Rising Sun Farm)
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Emily’s working half-naked; Christopher’s working naked; Roger’s working naked. A small pang of panic wells-up in my gut—brought on only by me—and I realize that if I don’t lose the denim now, I never will. - Judd Spicer

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