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Central Rivers Farmshed Central Rivers Farmshed is an organization representing all aspects of the food system whose members are committed to making Central Wisconsin a renowned, local food community. Farmshed works to expand the connection between local residents and their food. We strive to provide opportunities for participation, education, cooperation, and action to support a local food economy in Central Wisconsin. www.farmshed.org Wiki - http://buylocal.pbwiki.com

Chequamegon FEAST
FEAST is a grassroots coalition of agencies and individuals working together to support a healthy food system in the Chequamegon Bay region of northern Wisconsin. Projects include The Mobile Farmer's Market connecting producers and consumers in rural communities. FEAST works to stimulate dialog about our food system through educational outreach and networking opportunities.

Contact: Amy Syverson

Just a bunch of friendly people who care about promoting locally grown food. Contact: Kathleen Haas with Columbia County UW-Extension @ kathleen.haas@ces.uwex.edu or 608-742-9683.

Crawford County Local Food Alliance

Dane County Food Council
The Dane County Food Council explores issues and develops recommendations to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system for the Dane County region. Current projects include:

1. List of Food and Agriculture Initiatives: Released a web-based guide to food and agriculture initiatives in Dane County, including more than 70 organizations working to strengthen the local food system, increase access to locally grown and nutritious foods, stimulate the agricultural economy, and promote food-related enterprises.
2. Farmers’ Market Alliance of South Central WI: Launch a network of farmers’ markets to increase direct market opportunities for producers and provide a forum for developing solutions to collective issues.
3. Madison Market Basket: Support the expansion of a Market Basket program in Dane County, based on the model developed by Growing Power, a Milwaukee area non-profit. This Community Supported Agriculture-style food distribution program is designed to connect low-income consumers with small-scale, regionally produced fruits and vegetables.
4. Institutional Food Purchasing: Increase the amount of local-regional food purchased by Dane County and other area institutions. Work with County officials to identify opportunities and pathways for producers to sell products within the Dane County institutional system.

Contact: Dawn Burgardt, Program Coordinator
(608) 266-4540, burgardt@co.dane.wi.us

Driftless Region

Eat Right Racine
Eat Right Racine partners with community, business, agriculture, and schools to develop integrated policy, education, and action for a food system that supports healthy children, communities, economies and environment.
Fondy Food Center
For the past five years the Fondy Food Center has run the Fondy Farmers' Market. Covering 38,000 square feet and open six days per week, it is the largest market in the Milwaukee area. A capital campaign is under way to fund plans for constructing an Indoor Public Market, to make quality produce available year-round, and a Kitchen Business Incubator, which will serve as a job creation engine for Milwaukee.

Young Kim, Executive Director
Fondy Food Center, Inc.
2242 North 17th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: (414) 444-6067
Fax: (414) 444-6081

Market location: 2200 West Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee

GEM Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Program (GEMSAF)
GEMSAF is part of the Global Environmental Management Education Center (GEM) of the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point. GEM's purpose is to pioneer and apply practical learning methods and technology for solving natural resource problems by linking faculty, students and citizens worldwide. The GEMSAF Program focuses on alternative income generation from sustainable farming systems, targeting the micro-economic scale of operation, including collaborative household initiatives, small-producer co-ops, women's entrepreneurial groups, etc. with organic agriculture, agroforestry, and local food systems projects. Depending on the need of specific groups, GEMSAF provides action research assistance with best practices for production, organizational strategies, and business planning. Current GEMSAF partners abroad include organic pesticide and 'green' charcoal producers in Kenya, and organic produce co-ops in Mexico. In Wisconsin, we are initiating local food systems studies with producers, processors, and consumers in Stevens Point and Ashland to overcome barriers to local food consumption.

Contact: John Sheffy
Outreach Program Manager
Global Environmental Management Education Center
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
800 Reserve Street - Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-4244

Growing Power
Growing Power is an urban agricultural organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It runs the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits. It also organizes activities in Chicago. Growing Power aims for sustainable food production, as well as the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens.
Will Allen, Director

Local Fare
Southwest Wisconsin
Contact: April Fuhr localfare@uwplatt.edu

A directory of resources in the Kickapoo Valley area in Southwestern Wisconsin. The link relates to the Food section of the directory and tries to keep current all the local farm outlets, CSAs, coops, etc.

NEW Food (Northeast Wisconsin Food Network)
NEW Food is a group of local producers, agency and university staff, community activists and other volunteers who are working to promote local food and sustainable agriculture within the northeast region of the state. We are just beginning our organizing efforts, but hosted the NEW Farm-Chef Connection on March 19, 2008, at UW-Fox Valley. This event was attended by a dozen producers and about the same number of Appleton area chefs and distributors, and was highlighted with an "all local" lunch.

Joy Perry
University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952
920-915-4593 (cell)
920-832-2653 (office)
920-836-9959 (home)

Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Network

The Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Network is a grassroots group of local farmers, volunteers and agency staff working together to create a regional food system that connects consumers back to the land and provides locally produced, fresh and nutritious foods to all segments of our community while preserving the region's environment and sustaining the local economy for years to come.

The group has been meeting since spring 2005 and was instrumental in initiating the Farm Fresh Atlas of
Western Wisconsin, available on-line at www.wifarmfresh.org.


Tracey Mofle @ tracey.mofle@uwc.edu or tmofle@yahoo.com; (715) 790-9177

For more information on our group's history, please visit http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/barron/cnred/foodnetwork.html

To join our Yahoo Group go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nwrfn/

Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems
Some of our efforts in local foods include: starting a Farmers Market in Oneida. We just ended our 5th year with the Farmers Market and each year it seems to grow a little more. In an effort to boast sales and attendance we have done several things:

  1. Always make sure the 4-H brat booth is open during the Market. This past year we generated over $3,500 for the Oneida Food Pantry.
  2. We don't charge any vendor fees and we provide free canopies for the vendors.
  3. We have Oneida Farmer Market money ($3,000) printed up and distributed to the low-income people as well as the Oneida Health Center. This allows those folks access to healthy foods and we reimburse the Market vendors at the end of every Farmers Market.

We have also established the Oneida Falling Leaves 4-H club and the 4-H youth plant and maintain a 1 acre garden on a 12 acre plot of land that was given to the 4-H club. We are using the rest of the land in various other crops to be sold as a fundraiser for the 4-H club.
Last year we got all the soda and junk food machines pulled out of the Oneida schools. This year we were able to get some local produced Oneida products into the Oneida High School and the Turtle school. It is only a small amount, but it is a start. We hope to expand this to include the Head Start program, Elderly Care and the Anna John Nursing Home.

Bill Ver Voort
OCIFS Coordinator
N7332 Water Circle Place
P.O. Box 365
Oneida, WI 54155
Telephone: (920) 869-4530
Cell phone: (920) 819-1933 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(920) 819-1933end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (920) 869-1610
Email: Wvervoor@oneidanation.org

A local foods initiative promoting direct marketing of locally grown foods in Price County, WI. Funded through a USDA Agriculture and Entrepreneur Education Grant with assistance from UWEX Emerging Agricultural Markets Team. Main Objectives:
  • Marketing: Expand marketing opportunities for the growers participating in the PriceDirect initiative and continue to attract additional growers. Increase the amount of local food purchased.
  • Outreach and Education: Educate consumers about the nutritional benefits of eating foods grown locally, harvested when ripe and eaten when fresh. Increase the consumer comfort level with locally grown foods. Increase the amount of local food eaten. Equip other local and regional food system networks with the resources needed to replicate Price County’s local foods initiative.
  • Partnership and Collaboration: Create new partnerships and collaborations with other groups, including: UW Stevens Point (UWSP) School of Health Promotion and Human Development; UW Stevens Point Global Environmental Management Education Center; Price County Health Department; Price County UWEX Family Living Program; DATCP Buy Local/Buy Wisconsin Project; Pri-Ru-Ta Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area, The Wellspring Center.

Jane Hansen
Marketing Specialist
Price County UW Extension
104 S. Eyder Avenue
Normal Building
Phillips, WI 54555
715/339-2555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting715/339-2555end_of_the_skype_highlighting

REAP Food Group
Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group is a non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin.
The REAP Food Group is building a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP connects producers, consumers, policy-makers, educators, businesses and organizations to nourish the links between land and table.
REAP's projects include:
  • The annual Food for Thought Festival in downtown Madison. Food for Thought Festival began in 1999 and draws over 5000 people for a day of education and celebration
  • The Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas. The original “Farm Fresh Atlas” project. Produced annually since 2002.
  • Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch. A farm to school project in Madison and Dane County schools with outreach and resources available state-wide.
  • Buy Fresh Buy Local. A campaign to encourage restaurants and institutional food services to serve more local foods and a branding mechanism to help encourage consumers to support eateries that do “buy fresh, buy local.”

Miriam Grunes
Executive Director
REAP Food Group
PO Box 5632
Madison, WI 53705-0632
(608) 294-1114 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(608) 294-1114end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Sauk County Food Security Coalition
The Sauk County Food Security Coalition was formed early in 2005 with a mission to link the efforts and resources of diverse organizations to create a local, sustainable food system to ensure healthy, adequate and appropriate food for all people.Such a system supports the economies of local communities, promotes a cleaner environment and preserves the beauty of the agricultural countryside. Currently the Coalition includes commercial growers (through Wisconsin Home Harvest), community gardeners, social service agencies, schools, 4-H, a tribal nation, food pantries and restaurants in its network.Eventually, the Coalition founders hope to also include hospitals, farmers markets and grocery stores in its network.
Currently the Coalition has two efforts on which it is focusing:Renewal Gardens, which links a local sustainable food system with area teenagers seeking an opportunity to develop employability skills through education and practical experience working in community gardens and Wisconsin Home Harvest, a network of commercial Sauk County farmers, growers and purveyors of value-added farm products which is currently marketing to area restaurants and through regional cooperative efforts.

Contact: Jay Salinas

Contact: Paulette Flynn

Sheboygan Area Local Food Alliance The Sheboygan Area Local Food Alliance (SALFA)aims to support many issues related to both a healthy local food system and community. The group aims to address and share information regarding the Sheboygan Area Community's access to food, food security, education about local food, and our local food system.
We welcome anyone who may want to attend our meetings. Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month (8:30am) Location: Field to Fork at 515 South 8th Street in Sheboygan.

Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast

Southeast Wisconsin Food & Farm Network
Southeast Wisconsin Farm and Food Network (SWFFN) is a collaboration of groups including UW Extension, Slow Food Wisocnsin Southeast, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Town and Country RC and D.
SWFFN has taken on a variety of local food projects including the Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeast Wisconsin and the Farmer/Chef Connection, which is working to connect farmers and chefs in a 5 county area in Southeast Wisconsin. SWFFN was awarded a Risk Management grant in 2006 to work specifically on the Farmer/Chef Connection project.

Contact: Deb Deacon, Coordinator
Telephone: 262-786-3837, ddeacon@wi.rr.com

Valley Stewardship Network's Food and Farm Initiative

Working in the Kickapoo River Watershed to promote sustainable farming and food soverign communities. We support Farm to School, farmer's markets and insitutional food market creation.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp
Walnut Way Conservation Corp is a nonprofit central-city Milwaukee organization dedicated to sustaining a quality and economically diverse neighborhood through civic engagement, environmental stewardship and economic enterprise. Walnut Way utilizes vacant city lots for the production of vegetables and fruits. The gardens and fruit orchard surrounding the Neighborhood Center are demonstration sites where neighbors and other community members, such as school groups, learn about locally produced food. Plans are in place to expand learning experiences to include a demonstration kitchen where neighbors and community members will learn how to prepare and store food from the gardens and orchard. The goals are to create a point of destination in this once forgotten neighborhood, to educate the public about local foods, and empower residents to grow their own food and maintain healthy lives.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
2240 North 17th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414-264-2326
Email: walnutwayconserv@sbcglobal.net

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