Food Access Brief Developed for the Village of Marshall

A research project evaluating the food environment in the village of Marshall, Wisconsin has led to the development of the Marshall Food Access Brief describing food access resources and opportunities for the village. The research was performed by two Area Health Education Center interns, Ummu Drammeh and Cynthia Venters, and supervised by Carrie Edgar, Community Food Systems Educator […]

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New! Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitation Guide

Lexa Dundore, Food Systems Assistant with Dane County UW-Extension and recent Urban and Regional Planning graduate, has developed a facilitation guide and food system racial equity assessment tool for groups and organizations to look carefully at their planning and how their decision-making processes can advance racial equity in the food system. Racial inequities in the food system […]

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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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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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New! Farm storage facility loans available

In preparation for new food safety regulations, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced improved financing options to help fruit and vegetable growers build or upgrade food handling facilities. Farm Storage Facility Loans can be used in conjunction with FSA Microloans to finance equipment and buildings for fruit and vegetable washing, packing, handling, and cold-storage. […]

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Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

The local food movement is more than a trend among many consumers – it is becoming a way of life, one that presents farmers with new business opportunities. But the know-how and infrastructure to get food to local markets is not always readily available. Now, you can use SARE’s new topic room, Farm to Table: […]

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The Bounty of Community Orchards

A new ATTRA publication offers a step-by-step guide for new projects  “When we give to nature, we are caring for future generations,” says Michael Flynn. “Of all the tools to inspire children and adults alike, the fruit tree is long-living, sweet, and symbolic of what we need to be doing.”  Flynn and the organization he […]

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Get your Farmers Market wired with EBT

If you are interested in the opportunity below and would like to learn more about how to get your farmers market wired with electronic benefits transfer – Check out the information and resources on the UW-Extension Community Food Systems Team Blog. Posted materials include information on successes and lessons learned from others in the state […]

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USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the release of a report which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation’s growing local food movement. The announcement was made during a visit to Hollygrove Market and Farm, a produce market, local distributor and farm in downtown New […]

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