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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The Bounty of Community Orchards

A new ATTRA publication offers a step-by-step guide for new projects  “When we give to nature, we are caring for future generations,” says Michael Flynn. “Of all the tools to inspire children and adults alike, the fruit tree is long-living, sweet, and symbolic of what we need to be doing.”  Flynn and the organization he […]

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Get your Farmers Market wired with EBT

If you are interested in the opportunity below and would like to learn more about how to get your farmers market wired with electronic benefits transfer – Check out the information and resources on the UW-Extension Community Food Systems Team Blog. Posted materials include information on successes and lessons learned from others in the state […]

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USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the release of a report which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation’s growing local food movement. The announcement was made during a visit to Hollygrove Market and Farm, a produce market, local distributor and farm in downtown New […]

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Mayors Innovation Project brief looks at improving local food access

A policy brief from COWS’ Mayors Innovation Project looks at how cities can promote access to healthy, local food among their residents. City residents face stark disparities in their access to fresh, healthy food, with low-income communities often having the most limited access. This inequity perpetuates poor health outcomes among low-income populations and undermines efforts […]

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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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Dane County Community Food Systems Featured in National Report

Investing in America’s Health A new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines key disease rates in combination with health spending in states around the country, and concludes that sustained and sufficient investment in public health and disease prevention is essential to improving health and driving down the […]

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New Report available on Creating Change in the Food System

Michigan State University’s new Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is pleased to announce the release of the publication, Creating Change in the Food System.   This report, authored by Rich Pirog of CRFS and Corry Bregendahl of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, details the growth and achievements of the Regional […]

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USDA Unveils the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

New Web Resource Maps USDA Support for Local and Regional Food Projects, Highlights Business Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Growers  WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2012- Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan unveiled the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for […]

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