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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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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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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Farmers Markets as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families and Communities

Project for Public Spaces has announced the publication of their latest public markets report “Farmers Markets as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families and Communities.” In conjunction with Columbia University and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PPS studied what market characteristics successfully attract low-income shoppers. The study also […]

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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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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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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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