Driftless Terroir: Sentinels of the Heartland

Courtesy of Etienne White

by Tom Sieger


Undulating and verdant

rising out of the glaciated plain

interrupting the familiarity of the prairie

shadowing the fertile coulees

towering over the great river valley

Rural and wild

crowned by sandstone cliffs

carpeted by lush hardwood forest

drained by clear springs and streams

carved by rural by-ways.

Home and haven

refuge of the family farm

retreat and inspiration of artisans and dreamers

remnant of native lands

siren of childhood memories.

The bluffs of the driftless — calling me home, calling me home.


Tom Sieger and his wife, Myrt, grew up in the La Crosse area — hence their love of the Driftless Area. They presently are retired and living in Madison. Three years ago they bought a small cabin on 12 acres near Rockbridge and are enjoying trying to restore prairie — while quenching a desire to spend more time in the Driftless and are very much enjoying the environs of their new neighborhood.