Dane County UW-Extension is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community food system that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially just for all Dane County residents.

NEW interactive data and mapping portal for Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Food Security Project interactive data and mapping portal that has been updated and improved. http://www.foodsecurity.wisc.edu/ Developed in collaboration with the Applied Population Lab, the website provides a wide range of Wisconsin data related to food security, food assistance programs, income, poverty, health, food-related resources, and more — with a user-friendly and highly customizable […]

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New Dane County Pilot Program to Incentivize Organic Certification

In an effort to promote economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and the public health and safety of Dane County residents, the County is piloting an Organic Conversion Incentive Program. The Organic Conversion Incentive Program is designed to provide an incentive for farmers to convert to certified organic practices. Dane County will grant $250 each year for […]

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Resources for Farmers’ Markets in Accepting FoodShare (SNAP) Benefits

Farmers’ markets can become licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture to accept federal food benefits (SNAP; known as FoodShare in WI). In order to accept FoodShare, farmers’ markets  need to have terminals that can process electronics benefits transfer (EBT) information, which allows for the process of government benefits to the authorized retailer. Information, […]

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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Wisconsin Food Processing Guide available from UW-Extension Contact: Erin Peot, erin.peot@ces.uwex.edu, 608-890-4606 Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of […]

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What does “local food” mean to Wisconsin consumers?

Wisconsin consumers widely agree that “local” food means food grown in Wisconsin, according to a new statewide survey conducted by faculty affiliated with UW-Extension, UW-Madison, and UW-River Falls. Food from Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota, meanwhile, is not considered “local” by most Wisconsin shoppers. Researchers aimed to provide farmers and communities with strategies informed by […]

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New Resource Available: Building a Legally Resilient CSA Workbook

Farm Commons has releases a Building a Legally Resilient CSA Workbook. This resource guides farmers through the complex and subtle legal issues that affect Community Supported Agriculture programs around the country. Their approach empowers farmers to understand, assess, and manage the risks specific to their CSA operation. Farmers will find tips, tools, and resources to build CSA […]

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Report Brings Attention to Food Insecurity in Dane County

Hunger is a Significant Public Health Issue Hunger and food insecurity affects one out of every five children in Wisconsin. In Dane County, one in five White households and one in three Latino, African American and single-parent households experiences food insecurity. When a household experiences food insecurity, people are unsure of where their next meal […]

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Raising Sweet Potatoes to Help Feed Our Community

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. You can bake, fry, mash, stir fry and even make pie with them. They are versatile, store well and full of nutrients. So what’s not to love? But that is not the only reason I am going to raise them in my garden this summer as part […]

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New Resource – Marketing Recommendations for Direct Market Farmers

Check out the PDF of “Wisconsin Consumers and Local Food: Marketing Recommendations for Direct Market Farmers.” This brief describes key findings from a 2015 survey of Wisconsinites about their opinions and behaviors regarding local food, including what people believe the definition of “local” to be, opinions about benefits of local produce, differences in people based on where they live in the […]

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NEW! USDA New Farmers Tool

The USDA has announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool is available at www.usda.gov/newfarmers The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to […]

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