Jess Guffey Calkins Named as New Community Food Systems Coordinator

Jess Guffey Calkins started as the Community Food Systems Coordinator (.5 FTE) in May 2019. The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate community food systems educational programs and public events. As Community Food Systems Coordinator, Jess will work closely with the Dane County Food Council, Dane County UW-Extension educators, the Gardens Network and […]

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Extension creates new guide to healthy and sustainable meetings

Creating a culture of health at conferences and meetings is one way to model wellness and encourage those we work with to eat healthy and be physically active. Claire Mance, Dane County Extension Healthy Communities Coordinator, has developed this guide to assist you in planning your own healthy meeting with foods and activities that are […]

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New Resource Available – Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers

UW Center for Cooperatives, in partnership with Farm Commons, has released a new publication: Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers. Sustainable farmers often seek more flexible options for meeting their diverse and fluctuating farm labor needs. Farm workers also struggle to piece together stable and rewarding employment opportunities. This […]

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Plan, Partner, Promote: Top eight tips to support Wisconsin farmers market outreach and marketing

Farmers markets provide many social, economic, and ecological benefits to farmers and communities. They support local producers, foster community engagement, and have a positive ripple effect on their local economies. However, many markets are seeing increased competition with a growing number of local food outlets: community supported agriculture box shares, grocery stores, online marketplaces, and […]

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Government Efforts to Reduce Wasted Food Gaining Traction

Report released from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future New Analysis of Government Plans Addressing Food Waste Highlights Progress, Best Practices Executive summary   |  Full report  |   Map Local and national governments in more than 20 countries around the world are taking action to reduce the waste of food, according to a new […]

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Food Access Brief Developed for the Village of Marshall

A research project evaluating the food environment in the village of Marshall, Wisconsin has led to the development of the Marshall Food Access Brief describing food access resources and opportunities for the village. The research was performed by two Area Health Education Center interns, Ummu Drammeh and Cynthia Venters, and supervised by Carrie Edgar, Community Food Systems Educator […]

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New! Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitation Guide

Lexa Dundore, Food Systems Assistant with Dane County UW-Extension and recent Urban and Regional Planning graduate, has developed a facilitation guide and food system racial equity assessment tool for groups and organizations to look carefully at their planning and how their decision-making processes can advance racial equity in the food system. Racial inequities in the food system […]

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What does “local food” mean to Wisconsin consumers?

Wisconsin consumers widely agree that “local” food means food grown in Wisconsin, according to a new statewide survey conducted by faculty affiliated with UW-Extension, UW-Madison, and UW-River Falls. Food from Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota, meanwhile, is not considered “local” by most Wisconsin shoppers. Researchers aimed to provide farmers and communities with strategies informed by […]

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Report Brings Attention to Food Insecurity in Dane County

Hunger is a Significant Public Health Issue Hunger and food insecurity affects one out of every five children in Wisconsin. In Dane County, one in five White households and one in three Latino, African American and single-parent households experiences food insecurity. When a household experiences food insecurity, people are unsure of where their next meal […]

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New! Farm storage facility loans available

In preparation for new food safety regulations, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced improved financing options to help fruit and vegetable growers build or upgrade food handling facilities. Farm Storage Facility Loans can be used in conjunction with FSA Microloans to finance equipment and buildings for fruit and vegetable washing, packing, handling, and cold-storage. […]

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