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.
Along with key partners, developing a national CSA network to provide robust resource-sharing, trainings and discussions for CSA practitioners and advocates.
WHO WE ARE
Carrie delights in eating fresh, local & organic produce throughout the year via CSA. She has an extensive background in food systems, 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 undergraduate students in Thailand. She enjoys applying her Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban & 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.
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.
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.
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.