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Wisconsin Local Food Network strives to increase communication, coordination, equity, and participation in local, resilient, sustainable, healthy food and agricultural systems.

Our listserv was started in 2007 to help local food organizations across the state communicate and coordinate resources.

This post is a weekly summary of WLFN’s progress, partners, and learning.

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Food & the Wisconsin Idea
Thank you to Food and the Wisconsin Idea for planning our upcoming session! Mark you calendar for the September 20th session of Food & the Wisconsin Idea, when Jessica from Wisconsin Local Food Network will be joined by WLFN partners to discuss ways to build a relational network!
Link to the September 20 flyer f&wi wlfn

Thank you to the healthTIDE team for your help with building WLFN capacity!

Farm Table Foundation
Thank you to the Farm Table Foundation for discussing way to increase community sustainability, food justice, and environmental justice in Wisconsin!

Medical College of Wisconsin
Thank you to the Medical College of Wisconsin for discussing ways to support each other as we work to increase supply chain access for local farmers!

CONGRATULATIONS Wisconsin State Fair Champions!
Four local food innovators participated in the Wisconsin State Fair Grand Champion Eats & Treats Competition this past week. Wisco Pop! Fizzeology, Nami Chips and B&E’s Trees all represented Vernon County small food businesses at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Eats & Treats Competition judges Wisconsin-made foods based on the criteria of flavor, creativity, consistency and overall packaging.

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STATE FAIR CHAMPIONS!  Front Row, Left to Right: Larkin Breckel – B&E’s Trees, Riki Cutler – Nami Chips, Laila Johnson – Fizzeology; Back Row, Left to Right: Bill Spear – Fizzeology, Faith Anaker – Fizzeology, Maya Smith – Nami Chips, Neal Olson – Wisco Pop!

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Madison, WI
Program Administrator – Job Description

See the
WLFN Job Board
for all recent jobs!


Harvest Fest at Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm
September 8th, 2-4pm
Sinsinawa Mound, home of the Dominican Sisters, is located just off Highway 11, about 18 miles South of Platteville.
Address: 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824
See Facebook for more info

LINCS School Garden Party
Monday, September 17, 4:00 – 6:00pm
242 S Prince St, Whitewater, WI 53190, USA
Follow event updates on W3’s Facebook page

Women Caring for the Land: Conservation Training for Women Landowners
Madison: Wednesday, Sept. 12
Milwaukee: Wednesday, Sept. 19
Choice of breakfast or lunch meetings: 8 – 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Madison facility: Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, 222 West Washington Ave, Suite 900
Milwaukee facility: Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, 1200 North Mayfair Road, Suite 430
See website for more info
See WLFN Public Calendar, to copy the calendar info to your calendar

2018 NICK Summit
A place for shared kitchen professionals to collaborate.
October 10th, 8 am – 5 pm
The Good Acre in Falcon Heights, MN
See blog for more info

The Inaugural Food | Ag | Ideas Week (FAI)
The week will be October 8-12th alongside of Twin Cities Startup Week
Grow North MN, 321 19th Ave South, University of MN, Twin Cities, MN
See Grow North website for more info

September 16th
Nishan Park in Reedsburg, WI
Register by September 6th for Bike the Barns!

Cut Flower Field Day
September 19th, 10am – 3pm
Greenlight Farm in Prairie Farm, WI
Use this link to add it to your calendar!

Dairy Pasture Walk
September 20th, 12:30-3pm
Hillside Dairy Farm, N3689 Riley Rd, Catawba, WI 54515
Use this link to add it to your calendar!

Community Prosperity Alliance BBQ Social
September 22nd, 4 – 7pm
English Ridge Orchard, County Highway A Richland Center, WI
See CPA Website for more info

See the
WLFN Public Calendar
for all events!


Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Deadline Approaches!
The BLBW grant application period is now open. Applications are being accepted through noon, Sept. 14, 2018.
See website for more info

Agricultural Grant Workshops
Extension is partnering with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, DATCP, and USDA SARE to offer four workshops around the state on grant writing for farmers.
See Flyer: Updated -ag grants workshop 2018 flyer


Check out the Minnesota Food Charter article entitled,

Photo from MN Food Charter

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