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Garden Valley Farmstead owners Darci, Justin, Sadie and Weston Daniels, left, stood with Matt, Keaton and Vada Rosenberg, right. Proceeds from Jackson County Farm Bureau’s free Christmas on the Farm Event will go to the Rosenbergs, after Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer in June.

Welcoming families to the farm and supporting a community cause are two of the reasons Jackson County Farm Bureau Ag and Promotion Chair Savannah Brown said they planned the inaugural Christmas on the Farm. The event will be held Dec. 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Garden Valley Farmstead, N9958 N. Branch Road, Hixton. It is free and open to people of all ages.

Brown said it was an idea her and Darci Daniels, owner of Garden Valley Farmstead came up with and decided to just run with. She said they are always looking at ways to promote and educate about agriculture, while also giving back to the community.

“This is a free event, but there will be donation buckets around the farm, with proceeds going to the Keeton and Matt Rosenberg family,” Brown said.

In June of this year, Matt was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma after having surgery to remove a brain tumor that was encompassing roughly 25 percent of his brain. The diagnosis came just days before the couple welcomed their daughter. Since then, Matt has undergone aggressive radiation and chemotherapy along with physical and occupational therapy and has been unable to return to work.

“We knew that we wanted to donate the proceeds to a good cause and Darci knew the Rosenberg family a little bit through her store. Darci just wanted to show what the true meaning of Christmas is and come together as a community and support the family,” Brown said. “We are all hoping for a Christmas miracle for them.”

Christmas on the Farm will offer free hot cocoa and grilled cheese sandwiches, pictures with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, cookies and music from local bands. There also will be live farm animals and farm tours available for families to interact with.

“There is a lot of different things for the family to do,” Brown said.

Local organizations looking to get involved can participate in the Christmas Cookie contest. Groups interested in participating need to make 50 cookies of the same kind that include at least one dairy product. The recipe should be sent to eaolson4@wisc.edu by Dec. 7. Participants should then bring their cookies to Garden Valley Farmstead on Dec. 9 by 11:30 a.m. and be available for judging at 1:30 p.m. Cookies will be available for sampling by visitors to Christmas on the Farm.

For more information on the event, visit Garden Valley Farmstead or Jackson County Farm Bureau’s Facebook pages. More information on the Rosenberg family can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/wn9xtw-matt-rosenberg039s-brain-cancer-fund.