Email: info@csacoalition.org

Phone608-226-0300

© 2019 by FairShare CSA Coalition

ABOUT US

 

WHAT WE DO

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. Our mission is to support and connect farmers and consumers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We envision a future where CSA is the backbone of a strong local food system and where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms.​​

CORE PROGRAM AREAS

  • Support in finding local, organic CSA farms near you.

  • Educational workshops and resources for farmers on topics ranging from crop-specific growing techniques to social media marketing.

  • Financial assistance for low-income households in purchasing CSA shares through the Partner Shares Program.

WHO WE ARE

Executive Director

Carrie adores eating fresh, local & organic produce throughout the year via CSA. She has been involved in food systems in a variety of ways, from working on statewide farm-to-school initiatives at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems to working as a farmhand at Crossroads Community Farm to teaching sustainable agriculture to undergrads in Thailand. She is loving applying her Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to her daily work at Fairshare.

Organic Produce Educator

Claire Strader is the Organic Vegetable Educator for FairShare and Dane County UW-Extension.  In this shared position, Claire works with organic vegetable farmers serving direct markets. Her previous experience is as a certified organic vegetable farmer, beginning farmer educator, and retail produce buyer.  She has worked in the Wisconsin local food system since 1993 and joined FairShare in 2013. Her key projects include on-farm research on cover crops and reduced tillage techniques for organic vegetables, the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager registered apprenticeship, and the annual Organic Vegetable Production Conference serving farmers in Wisconsin and surrounding states. 

Communications  & Development Coordinator

Ryan is eager to promote CSA as the best solution to the problems of farmer transparency and local food access. He has previously worked as the marketing and development specialist at The Water Council in Milwaukee, an outdoors reporter in Minocqua, a production roaster at Kickapoo Coffee Roasters in Viroqua, and the assistant bookstore manager at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC. As a writer, he has freelancing for companies and growers in the organic food community.

Program Coordinator

Liv’s journey with food has followed her around the country (and beyond); from exploring the farmers market as a child in San Francisco, working on an organic farm in Germany, reviewing her college’s food waste system in Massachusetts, to working on an urban farm and assisting with farm classes for Tilth Alliance, in Seattle. She enjoys cooking new food, and has always looked to her CSA shares and ever-expanding home garden for inspiration. She sees an equitable and sustainable food system as a central component to our environmental and social well being, and is excited to promote that work with FairShare. 

INTERNS

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Partner Shares Intern

Sodie Yang is a student at UW-Madison, pursuing her Bachelors of Social Work degree. With her passion to work with families and advocate for social justice, she is excited to work with FairShare through the Partner Shares Program in providing healthy and affordable food for limited-income households. In her free time, Sodie enjoys thrifting, practicing photography, playing instruments, drinking bubble tea, and eating delicious food.

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Partner Shares Intern

Laura is a Master’s Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison, studying food systems with a concentration in community health. Some of her past endeavors with food include working at Peacefully Organic Produce and CSA, shuttling food rescue pick-ups for Lussier Community Education Center, and facilitating community gardens that stocked food pantries. Overall, she wants to keep finding ways to nourish the land, its people, and our communities. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MEGAN COSTELLO

Senior Content Strategist, Morgridge Institute for Research

Megan has +10 years’ experience directing multi-channel communications to inspire and engage audiences. She started in legislative affairs and cut her teeth as the Assistant Dean for Communications in the College of Letters & Science, the largest college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Megan is content strategist turned content marketer—in her current role at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, Wisconsin, she manages integrated communications and directs fundraising campaigns to cultivate donors and inspire a culture of philanthropy.

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SARA GIACALONE

Development Program Manager for the College of Letters & Science, UW Foundation

Sara is responsible for managing a multifaceted VIP stewardship program at the UW Foundation and works closely with the Associate Vice President on fundraising initiatives to support L&S programs and priorities. Previously, Sara worked in non-profit association management at SmithBucklin in Chicago, IL where she specialized in operations management, member recruitment and marketing.  Sara lives in Madison, Wis., where she spends her free time developing new recipes and cooking for family and friends.

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BETH WRIGHT

Farmer, Winterfell Acres

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LIZ GROSS

CEO of Campus Sonar

Liz is the CEO of Campus Sonar, a specialized social listening agency that partners with colleges and universities. She’s previously served as the Market Insights Manager and Social Media Strategist at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. Prior to joining Great Lakes, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Program Outreach Coordinator in University Housing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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BILL HERMAN

Former Director of  Human Resources, Aprilaire, a Division of Research Products Corporation

Now retired, Bill was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Research Products Corporation, the manufacturer of Aprilaire indoor air quality products with over 600 employees.

Bill began with Arthur Andersen, an international consulting and audit firm, followed by a move to Madison, WI for the opportunity to be the VP of HR for the Highsmith Company. Of particular note is Bill’s background in managing health care costs.  He has been at the forefront of employee health care initiatives and is continuing his efforts at Aprilaire.

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CHERI KING

Manager, RSM US

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RICK KLEMME

Executive Director, Cooperative Extension Services

Rick currently works as the Executive Director of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP works on behalf of Cooperative Extension Services across the country). He is a retired Director of Cooperative Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the UW-Madison and director of the UW-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

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KRISTEN KORDET

Farmer, Blue Moon Community Farm

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BRIANA KRANTZ

Marketing Manager, Campus Sonar

Bri has around a decade of experience working to understand audiences and how to create content that resonates with them. She leads a team of marketing professionals, together spending their days analyzing data and creating strategic plans to responsibly use that data to connect with audiences and drive business decisions.

Previously, Bri worked as Marketing Manager at Nelnet and New Business Marketing Strategist at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. Bri lives in the Isthmus of Madison, Wis., where she spends her free time trying to keep a deck garden alive, doing yoga, and hanging out with her cat.

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SCOTT LAESER

Farmer, Plowshares & Prairie Farm and Water Program Director, Clean Wisconsin

Scott owns and manages Plowshares & Prairie Farm with his wife Chelsea in Argyle, Wisconsin. Their produce farm, now in its fifth season, is focused on growing a diverse array of vegetables for their community supported agriculture program and a local farmer’s market, while minimizing runoff and nutrient loss from fields through use of cover crops, grass waterways, and restored wetlands and prairies.

Off the farm, Scott has worked for Clean Wisconsin, a Madison based environmental non profit organization, since 2015 and is primarily focused on water quality issues pertaining to agriculture. Scott has worked on water quality and environmental issues for over ten years, including stints with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, DC.

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LAURA MORTIMORE

Farmer, Orange Cat Community Farm

Laura Mortimore runs Orange Cat Community Farm in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She grows 3 acres of certified organic vegetables, primarily marketed through a 150 member CSA. The farm has been in operation since 2010 and a member of FairShare CSA Coalition since 2011.  Laura is grateful to be spending her days bringing awesome food to her community, and her favorite job on the farm is digging giant sweet potatoes.