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Catharine Noel, with one of her 38 chickens, stands by the garden of The Roost, a “farm to table cultural learning center.” The Roost is almost complete, but an Indiegogo campaign has been started to raise the remaining funds so it can be opened by June 1.

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While growing up in the Bronx, NY, town of River Falls resident Catharine Noel knew she wanted to be someplace where she could be free.


“I grew up where you would get a fine if you walked on the grass,” she said. “I wanted to be in an environment where I was free to walk.”

Noel said she’s accomplished that dream with a place she calls “heaven” in the town of River Falls. She moved there in 1996.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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