Farm Commons on Food Safety, Farm Events, and More

Farm Commons provides legal resources, education, networks, and services specifically for farmers in Wisconsin. They offer guides to reduce the legal risks of food safety incidents and on hosting legally-compliant farm events, as well as a plethora of webinars on legal topics relevant to farmers. Beyond education, Farm Commons provides services to farmers ranging from drafting legal documents, conducting risk analysis, auditing, […]

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Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

The local food movement is more than a trend among many consumers – it is becoming a way of life, one that presents farmers with new business opportunities. But the know-how and infrastructure to get food to local markets is not always readily available. Now, you can use SARE’s new topic room, Farm to Table: […]

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New Willy Street Co-op fund supports local food businesses

UW-Extension food and finance specialist provides technical assistance Willy Street Co-op’s new $100,000 Local Vendor Loan Fund (LVLF) will support sustainable growth of local food companies, starting with a pilot program this winter. The fund resulted from an idea that was presented by Slow Money Wisconsin, explored by Willy Street Co-op and developed with support […]

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Beginning with Badgerland Grant Program Now Available

Beginning with Badgerland Grant program is now up and running.  Grants are available to any beginning farmer living in Badgerland Financial territory (see attached map), regardless of age.  The farmer needs to have less than ten years of experience operating a farm and should be able to show that farming is a part-time or full-time […]

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New Extension Specialist to Focus on Urban Agriculture

Julie Dawson, UW-Madison plant scientist has been hired to specialize in urban and peri-urban agriculture. Her work will focus on the needs of Wisconsin’s small, diversified, direct-to-market farms and community gardens. We look forward to working with Julie in the Dane County region. Welcome Jule! Click here to learn more about Julie.

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FEED Ktchens Now Accepting Applications for New Users

The day has finally arrived…FEED has a manager on staff starting October 22, and we are now accepting applications for people wanting to use the FEED Kitchens. To get access to our user manuals and read about rates, rules and details, click here.  If you are ready to apply, we are accepting the following users […]

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Poll Results Show Strong Support for Local Food in Schools

A new statewide poll by Health First Wisconsin found Wisconsinites overwhelmingly support bringing local produce into Wisconsin schools! According to the poll, nine out of ten people in Wisconsin feel childhood obesity is a serious issue. The poll also found overwhelming support for Farm to School as a solution. More than eight in ten surveyed […]

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Whole Measures for Community Food Systems

The Dane County Food Coalition met this past Tuesday to keep tracking and improve the food movement of our region. One of the issues we worked, were the Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: a values-based, community-oriented tool for evaluation, planning, and dialogue geared toward organizational and community change. Whole Measures CFS invites organizations to […]

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Grants available again to grow Wisconsin local foods

News releases Wisconsin Department of Agriculture July 22, 2013 Grants available again to grow Wisconsin local foods (PDF) Contact: Ashley Andre, 608-224-5002, ashley.andre@wisconsin.gov Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, jim.dick@wi.gov MADISON – The demand for local foods continues to grow in Wisconsin. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is again offering Buy Local, […]

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