About FSDP

The Food System Development Program was established in November 2013 to recognize and manage activities that had been occurring with direct support from Cooperative Extension for nearly two decades.

Formerly housed within the UW Center for Cooperatives and later the Agricultural Innovation Center, these activities have included over four dozen public, non-profit, university and industry partners– and counting.

FSDP is presently housed within the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension branch of Cooperative Extension. Its purpose is to secure and manage internal and external funding to support Cooperative Extension’s role in developing food systems in Wisconsin.

Some examples of previous project activities, with start dates and primary funding sources, include:

Partners in the projects above included:

  1. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Madison
  2. Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison
  3. Cooperative Development Services, Madison
  4. Wisconsin Rural Development Center, Mount Horeb
  5. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
  6. Madison Chapter of the Chef’s Collaborative 2000
  7. Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool, La Farge
  8. Wisconsin Chapter of the Organic Crop Improvement Association
  9. Tipi Produce, Evansville (formerly Madison)
  10. Home Grown Wisconsin Cooperative, Madison
  11. Renaissance Farm, Spring Green
  12. USDA Rural Development, Stevens Point
  13. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  14. Wisconsin Aquaculture Advisory Council
  15. Meat Science Department, UW-Madison
  16. Survey Research Center, UW-River Falls
  17. Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service, Madison
  18. River Country RC&D, Eau Claire
  19. Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, Minneapolis
  20. Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, UW Extension
  21. Badger AgVest, Madison
  22. Center for Community & Economic Development, UW Extension
  23. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC), Iowa State University
  24. Madison Region Economic Partnership (formerly Thrive)
  25. Local Dirt, Madison
  26. Wisconsin Grocers Association,Madison
  27. Something Special from Wisconsin, Madison
  28. Metcalfes Sentry, Madison
  29. Miller’s Supermarket, Verona
  30. Mountin’s Piggly Wiggly, Mayville
  31. Daniels’ Sentry Foods, Janesville
  32. Farm Market Kitchen, Algoma
  33. Commonw Wealth Development, Madison
  34. Leadership Wisconsin, UW Extension
  35. Wisconsin Agricultural Education Foundation, Madison
  36. Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Racine
  37. Soil Science Department, UW-Madison
  38. Growing Power, Milwaukee
  39. PEOPLE Program, UW-Madison
  40. Program Development and Evaluation, UW Extension
  41. Cooperative Extension Publishing, UW Extension
  42. Milwaukee Food Council
  43. South Side Education, Access and Transformation (EAT), Milwaukee
  44. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  45. Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  46. Marquette University, Milwaukee
  47. Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee
  48. Milwaukee Area Technical College
  49. City of Milwaukee
  50. Milwaukee County Extension
  51. Urban Economic Development Association, Milwaukee
  52. Organic Processing Institute, Middleton
  53. Food & Beverage (FaB) Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  54. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Madison
  55. Wisconsin Business Incubator Association
  56. Discover Center, UW-Stout
  57. Purple Cow Organics, Middleton
  58. Compost Crusaders, Milwaukee
  59. Elyve Organics, Milwaukee
  60. Blue Ribbon Organics, Caledonia
  61. Organic Resource Enterprise Development, Milwaukee
  62. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  63. Groundworks Milwaukee
  64. Victory Gardens Initiative, Milwaukee
  65. Cream City Farms, Milwaukee
  66. Kaleidoscope Gardens, Milwaukee
  67. St. Clare Garden, Milwaukee
  68. Amy’s Acre and Hunger Task Force, Franklin
  69. Dawn to Dusk Forever Garden Group
  70. Contract Comestibles, East Troy
  71. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa
  72. Kohl’s Department Stores, Milwaukee
  73. Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee
  74. Kohl’s Department Stores, Milwaukee
  75. Energy Exchange, Milwaukee
  76. Dawn to Dusk Forever Garden Group, Milwaukee
  77. Mentoring Positives, Madison
  78. Madison Area Technical College

Videos on YouTube:

Since 2008 the staff of the former Agricultural Innovation Center and the current FSDP have created videos to disseminate knowledge and information. Entering 2017 these videos were viewed by nearly 12,000 times. Here are direct links to specific playlists:

Select articles and publications not included in the grant project links above or on other FSDP tabs: