NWRFN: Deepening Connections around a Community-Based Food System
Submitted by the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Network (NWRFN)
West CAP or UW-Barron County will serve as a fiscal agent if there is a need to run project funds through a 501(c)3.
1. Expand and strengthen NWRFN’s presence in Polk, Barron, Washburn, and Sawyer counties as an organization through which farmers, buyers, and organizers can work together regionally to strategically address next steps for leveraging opportunities to scale up, aggregate, store and distribute local food while maintaining connections to other regional and statewide initiatives.
2. Provide opportunities to connect farmers, institutional buyers, and other community members who are new to NWRFN with background information and a space to expand cooperative business projects and initiatives that allow for the development of supportive local food policy at local/regional levels.
3. Involve farmers, tribal representatives and other local food advocates in the planning of a regional food summit scheduled for March, 2010
To read more: NWRFN_RegGrantReport
New Leaf Market Cooperative
New Leaf Market Cooperative with the financial assistance of the Wisconsin Local Food Network and a donation from Wisconsin Public Service commissioned Ken Meter from Crossroads Resource Center to study the farm-food economy of eight counties surrounding the Green Bay, WI area. These counties included: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano Counties. Ken Meter’s findings set up the first planning session to examine the data and explore the feasibility of a local food economy conference with area stakeholders. The second planning session was used to brainstorm and looked at the feasibility of hosting a conference versus
Read more: NEWIFinalreport.docx