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cropped-cropped-wlfn-logo-22.jpgWisconsin 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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THANK YOU to Food & the Wisconsin Idea
Thank you to Food and the Wisconsin Idea for planning our session this week! Stay tuned for the session being posted on the Food & the Wisconsin Idea website.

Thanks to our special inviting guests for participating in the discussion and panel:

  • Charlotte Litjens – DATCP
  • David Lee – Feeding Wisconsin
  • Krista Bretl – Farm Fresh Atlas and Farmshed
  • Bobbi Wilson – Wisconsin Farmers Union
  • Christin Tomy – Sinsinawa Mound Center
  • Ronald Lindblom- Sinsinawa Mound Center

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wlfn local food expo
Edible Startup Summit and WLFN LOCAL FOOD EXPO! Thanks to our new partners at UW-Extension Dane County for collaborating to kick off the FIRST EVER WLFN Local Food EXPO, which will be held at the Edible Startup Summit on October 26th, 8 – 5:30 pm, in Madison. New and Expanding Food Businesses from across Wisconsin are welcome! 
Register here!

Wisconsin Grocers Association
Thanks to WGA for discussing ways to better connect local food retailers, institutions, and producers across the state!

LIVE 54218 
Thanks to LIVE 54218 in Green Bay for helping expand the great health and food systems work in the Green Bay region and helping to connect WLFN to the great work there!

UW-Extension Milwaukee – Foodwise 
Thanks Foodwise for chatting about the great work you’re doing in the Milwaukee region!

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council
Thanks to our new friends in Illinois for inviting WLFN to moderate a local food panel at your upcoming local community and economic development summit!

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See the
WLFN Job Board
for all recent jobs!


Edible Startup Summit 2018
Dane County UW-Extension
Friday, October 26, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)
Madison, WI

11th Annual Farmer Tribute Dinner
Each year, Farmshed members and the regional local food community invite Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas farmers to a complimentary meal as we celebrate the end of another growing season.
November 10th, 2018, 5 – 8 pm
1220 Briggs Ct. Stevens Point, WI 54481
More info here

National Farm to School Month
Great Apple Crunch (Oct 11) – Registration
Wisconsin Chili Lunch (Nov 15) – Registration

Community Prosperity Alliance BBQ Social
September 22nd, 4 – 7pm
English Ridge Orchard, County Highway A Richland Center, WI
More info here

See the
WLFN Public Calendar
for all events!



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The 2019 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE)
Farmer Rancher Grant

Individual grants $9,000; Team of 2 grants $18,000; Group grants $27,000
Due December 6, 2018 at 4 p.m. CST.
More info here and here


Starting a Food Business?



budding botinist Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 19, 2018
School Gardens
$500 curriculum and garden tool package & $2,500 to install or expand a school garden
More info here

wsfr The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) Grant Program
Deadline: October 15, 2018.
More info here

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The Garden Grant
Deadline: October 15, 2018
School Gardens
More info here

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Nature Works Everywhere Grants for K-12 Schools
Deadline: October 5, 2018
More info here

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Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Deadline: October 1, 2018
$200 Seed Money
More info here


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Green Thumb Challenge
Deadline: September 30, 2018
$500 award
More info here

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GreenWorks! Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2018
More info here

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Community Grant Program from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation
Deadline: September 28, 2018
More info here, or contact Elizabeth Ringle at elizabeth.ringle@wismed.org or 608-442-3789.

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UnityPoint Health
Imagine the Amazing school grant
$25,000 to enhance the well-being of students, teachers and/or learning environments. Ten runner-up schools will win $1,000 to invest in a health and wellness need at their school
Due September 30
See details here


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
The Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP) provides funds to expand the number of resident positions at rural healthcare facilities in Wisconsin, thereby increasing access to quality healthcare for rural communities
Due October 1
See details here

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American Cancer Society
Evidence-Based Nutrition Pilot Program
$25,000 per organization
Deadline October 5
See details here

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SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Baraboo Foundation
Healthy Community Partnership grants
Greater Baraboo-Lake Delton-Wisconsin Dells area
Due October 15
See details here

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Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Funds to start a school garden
Due November 1
See details here

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Department of Health and Human Services / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Packaging and Spreading Proven Pediatric Weight Management Interventions for Use by Low-Income Families
Due October 24
See details here

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Kids Gardening
Youth Garden Grant
Due December 17
See details here

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Home Depot Foundation
Up to $5,000 to public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community
Due December 31
See details here

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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Change Incubator funding aims to invest in community-based partnerships
See details here

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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations
Accepts applications on a rolling basis
See details here

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ALDI Smart Kids Program
Partners with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids’ health and wellness by providing funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy
See details here


Walmart Foundation 
The Community Grant Program provides grants to local organizations. Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000
Accepts applications on a rolling basis
See details here

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Playground grants to help communities build safe places for kids to play.
Rolling deadlines
See details here

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Headwaters Foundation
Community justice and equity
See details here

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Good Sports
Resources for schools and community organizations serving youth between the ages of 3-18 years old in an economically disadvantaged area. Award consists of equipment, apparel, and footwear
Rolling applications
See details here

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Reiman Foundation
With a Milwaukee focus
key grant focus areas of education, health care, the arts and children’s initiatives
Rolling applications
See details here


Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation
Healthy Children’s Initiative has a Milwaukee County focus to encourage the healthy – physical, emotional, cognitive, and social – development of children
See details here

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La Crosse Community Foundation
Funds are established by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups sharing a common interest
See details here

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Kenosha Community Foundation
With a mission of helping people to enhance the present and insure the future of the Kenosha Community
See details here

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Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation
With a Beloit focus, funded projects have “social significance” for the community with a local/regional benefit for the greater Beloit area
Due May1st or November 1st
See details here



JULY details here     |     SEPTEMBER details here

View Farm to School’s Funding Opportunities
In the The Farm to School Newsletter is distributed by Community GroundWorks

See Farm to School Newsletter here

See the
WLFN Funding Connection
for all announcements!


National Good Food Network’s webinar recording on COLLECTIVE IMPACT. 


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