Crowd sourcing campaign to help launch the 2nd season of Around the Farm Table

Short SummaryMoo Land Productions LLC, the production company behind Around the Farm Table, is in production of season two.  We have been creating this show for over three years now, and we are finally getting our message to a bigger market -- IF we can complete all 13 episodes.  This means we need to finish shooting … Continue reading Crowd sourcing campaign to help launch the 2nd season of Around the Farm Table

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Healthcare Rebates Among Leading Green Innovations

CONTACT: Chris Brockel, Executive Director, FairShare CSA Coalition: (608) 226-0300 or chris@csacoalition.org Marie Louise Gorvild, Communications Manager, Sustainia:mlg@mm.dk / +45 61709104   RESOURCES: The full Sustainia100 publication with 100 case studies:  http://www.sustainia.me/resources/publications/3rd_sustainia100_2014.pdf   JUNE 16, 2014 - Today, Scandinavian think tank SUSTAINIA, released a study of 100 leading sustainability innovations deployed on global markets. FairShare CSA Coalition based in … Continue reading Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Healthcare Rebates Among Leading Green Innovations

Consumers Buying More Goods Directly From Farmers In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farms Selling Produce Directly, However, Has Shrunk By 6 Percent Since 2007 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:10pm, By Maureen McCollum - http://www.wpr.org/consumers-buying-more-goods-directly-farmers-wisconsinListenDownloadConsumers are increasingly buying more produce, dairy, and meat directly from Wisconsin farmers, according to the latest federal Census of Agriculture.The local food movement is alive and well in Vernon County. In 2012, its … Continue reading Consumers Buying More Goods Directly From Farmers In Wisconsin

Roundy’s embraces trend for fresh local produce

By Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel, May 20, 2014 - http://www.jsonline.com/business/roundys-embraces-trend-for-fresh-local-produce-b99265532z1-260012781.html Fresh sweet corn is hot. So is just about every other fresh fruit and vegetable. Grabbing hold of the trend in which consumers are watching everything they eat, Milwaukee-based grocer Roundy's Inc. is building on a partnership begun last year with the Madison-based … Continue reading Roundy’s embraces trend for fresh local produce

Wisconsin Cooks Invited to Kick-Start Culinary Dreams

Food Entrepreneur Challenge Lights a Fire under Great Ideas Milwaukee, April 14, 2014– Inspired cooks with an innovative food or beverage business concept or early stage business are invited to enter this year’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge, a regional contest to find Wisconsin’s next great food entrepreneur.  The Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College and by Reliable Water … Continue reading Wisconsin Cooks Invited to Kick-Start Culinary Dreams

UW-Extension Evaluating the Idea of a Food Innovation Facility

Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/27/2014 http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=252&yr=2014 The University of Wisconsin-Extension is in the process of assessing the state's food processing and manufacturing support infrastructure. This study aims to identify current assets, gaps and industry needs and then will develop a statewide plan which could include a central facility that provides technical assistance to business and … Continue reading UW-Extension Evaluating the Idea of a Food Innovation Facility

New Farm Bill Contains More Funds To Encourage Eating Local Foods

Program Will Influence Wisconsin Farmers Markets UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 11:42am By Maureen McCollum Listen The U.S. Senate has passed the long-awaited $956 billion Farm Bill, and a small portion of that funding will go towards programs aimed at growing local food systems. Funding for the Farmers' Market and Local Food Promotion Program tripled in this … Continue reading New Farm Bill Contains More Funds To Encourage Eating Local Foods

2014 WLFN Board of Directors Elections now open

The WI Local Food Network board is holding elections for six open seats, and we have excellent candidates from across the state running for these positions. Will you take a few moments to vote for the new leaders of the WI Local Food Network? You can learn about the candidates here: https://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/about/board-of-directors/2013-14-board-of-directors-election-main-page/ And you can … Continue reading 2014 WLFN Board of Directors Elections now open

Farmers Needed in Africa – Farming and Teaching Opps (No formal teaching experience needed!)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 2014. We need your skills! GHANA or UGANDA: Teach at Agricultural College No teaching or university experience necessary. What is needed are farmers with a strong background in organic farming, perma-culture and/or sustainable agriculture. RWANDA: Cooperative Management After the genocide and after much agonizing reconciliation work, organizations and the national government realized that the next … Continue reading Farmers Needed in Africa – Farming and Teaching Opps (No formal teaching experience needed!)

There is still time to enroll this fall for: Sustainable Food and Ag Systems

Sustainable Food and Ag Systems Associate Degree At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green BayApply Today! Classes start September 5th, 2013. Get detailed program info at http://www.nwtc.edu/sustainableagWith this 2 year associate degree program you’ll prepare for careers in sustainable garden & field crop production, livestock operations, & direct food processing, sales and marketing. Explore adding value … Continue reading There is still time to enroll this fall for: Sustainable Food and Ag Systems

GOOD FOOD AWARDS OPENS ENTRY PERIOD JULY 1-31

Oil Announced as Tenth Category San Francisco, CA (July 1, 2013) – The Good Food Awards—the first national initiative to recognize American craft food producers who excel in both taste and sustainability—kickstarts the fourth year of its quest to find America’s best food producers. July 1 marks the official launch of a coast-to-coast call for … Continue reading GOOD FOOD AWARDS OPENS ENTRY PERIOD JULY 1-31

Local Food Co-op Awards $16,000 in Micro-loans and Grants

ASHLAND, WI – Just in time for the 2013 summer planting season, the Chequamegon Food Co-op awarded $16,000 in micro-loans and grants. Both programs were developed in an effort to help farmers build a stronger local food economy and to provide more local foods for the Co-op’s shelves. The Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 … Continue reading Local Food Co-op Awards $16,000 in Micro-loans and Grants

FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION: Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel

http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Food-Infrastructure-and-Distribution-W-King-Winter-2011.pdf FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION: Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel Farmers and ranchers have a unique opportunity to meet consumer demand for sustainably produced food. But they need to start working together to develop regional brands and to identify ways to use existing food infrastructure. BY WARREN KING, WELLSPRING MANAGEMENT Read the newspapers or turn … Continue reading FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION: Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel

Wisconsin’s local foods program – Buy Local Buy Wisconsin – is at risk.

Action Alert from Bridget Holcomb, Associate Policy Director, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Farmers across Wisconsin have increased sales because of projects funded by Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grants. People who care about buying Wisconsin products now find them at more grocery stores, on more menus, and at more markets, and children eat them in more … Continue reading Wisconsin’s local foods program – Buy Local Buy Wisconsin – is at risk.

Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

By KIRK JOHNSON Published: July 1, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/us/small-scale-farmers-creating-a-new-profit-model.html SEATTLE — The cultivated rusticity of a farmers’ market, where dirt-dusted beets are status symbols and earnest entrepreneurs preside over chunks of cheese, is a part of weekend life in cities across the nation as the high days of the summer harvest approach. But beyond the familiar … Continue reading Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

Buy Local Buy Wisconsin programs showing results, more local food sales

By Jan Shepel, Wisconsin State Farmer, http://www.wisfarmer.com/news/buy-local-buy-wisconsin-programs-showing-results----more-local-food-sales-----jcpg-275983-157834835.htmlJune 7, 2012A state program to encourage economic development through building models for local food systems - Buy Local Buy Wisconsin - works with farmers and food buyers to develop new markets for Wisconsin food products. It has been having success in a number of areas.The components of the … Continue reading Buy Local Buy Wisconsin programs showing results, more local food sales

Essay: A Community Food System based in expressive and instrumental values and actions.

This draft needs a lot of work but it raises a central but ignored question.... "what are the outcomes of a community food system which are outside our economic/instrumental thinking?" I cannot go farther on this document without someone giving me some feed back.  Am I so off the wall that this is meaningless?  Does … Continue reading Essay: A Community Food System based in expressive and instrumental values and actions.