Community Gardens Save Money, Provide Fresh Produce for Low-Income Gardeners

A recent study by the University of California Cooperative Extension demonstrates how gardeners in San Jose saved money by growing their own food in community gardens. Gardeners engaged in the study weighed their harvests throughout the spring and summer, yielding an average of .75 pounds of produce per square foot of garden space. Not only […]

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HAVING “LOCAL” ON THE LABEL IS GOOD BUSINESS FOR WISCONSIN WINEMAKERS

With local foods getting marquee treatment on grocery shelves and restaurant menus, Wisconsin winemakers want to make sure they have a place at the table. And they’ve earned it, a recent UW-Madison survey indicates. The survey of Wisconsin winery owners found that virtually all of them are producing at least one type of wine from […]

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Bridging the Gaps: Funding and Social Equity Across the Food System Supply Chain

A new report is available entitled “Bridging the Gaps: Funding and Social Equity Across the Food System Supply Chain:” http://rsfsocialfinance.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/Rockefeller-Paper.pdf. The report, produced with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, examines the current state of funding allocated to building a just and sustainable food system. Specifically, it looks at where capital is flowing, where it […]

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Economic Impacts of Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin

Key points: Wisconsin has seen dramatic growth as our number of certified organic farms has grown from 422 in 2002 to 1,202 in 2007, an increase of 285%. From 2002 to 2011, organic acreage in Wisconsin has increased from 81,026 acres to 195,603 acres, a 241% increase. About 250 farmers raise and sell organic vegetables […]

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