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.

Legal Information for Farmers Markets

A new resource is available on legal information for farmers’ markets. It covers business structures, liability risks, and more. A useful resource for farmers markets of all sizes and stages of growth and applicable to farmers’ markets in any state. Check it out at Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

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Beginning Grower Schools offered in 2018

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has three beginning grower schools coming up soon. For more information on the CIAS grower schools, see https://www.facebook.com/CIASGrowerSchools/. The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers will be held on January 12-14 at the UW-Madison. This course is for anyone interested in starting a profitable, sustainable fresh market vegetable farm. Taught by […]

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New Resource Available – Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers

UW Center for Cooperatives, in partnership with Farm Commons, has released a new publication: Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers. Sustainable farmers often seek more flexible options for meeting their diverse and fluctuating farm labor needs. Farm workers also struggle to piece together stable and rewarding employment opportunities. This […]

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2018 Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 2nd and 3rd Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Registration and Event Information The inaugural 2017 conference brought together 200 participants from around the Midwest and beyond.  This year’s conference will feature farmer panels on cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, and niche hoop house crops.  There will also be interactive sessions on labor recruitment, equipment for […]

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Plan, Partner, Promote: Top eight tips to support Wisconsin farmers market outreach and marketing

Farmers markets provide many social, economic, and ecological benefits to farmers and communities. They support local producers, foster community engagement, and have a positive ripple effect on their local economies. However, many markets are seeing increased competition with a growing number of local food outlets: community supported agriculture box shares, grocery stores, online marketplaces, and […]

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Government Efforts to Reduce Wasted Food Gaining Traction

Report released from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future New Analysis of Government Plans Addressing Food Waste Highlights Progress, Best Practices Executive summary   |  Full report  |   Map Local and national governments in more than 20 countries around the world are taking action to reduce the waste of food, according to a new […]

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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 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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