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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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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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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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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