Field Day: Tomato Techniques, Aug. 31 What: FairShare Field Day farm tour and discussion on how environmental stresses may change tomato production techniques. When: Thursday, Aug. 31 2017, 4-6 p.m. Where: Crossroads Community Farm, 4144 County Hwy J, Cross Plains, WI Greater disease pressure, multiple environmental stresses, and opportunities for reduced tillage are leading organic growers to rethink tomato production techniques. This field day will include a full farm tour with a focus on tomatoes. Tour highlights include: SARE research trial comparing green plastic, black landscape fabric, and marsh hay mulch used in no-till tomatoes to a tilled and plastic-mulched control (yield data provided) Use of annual…
Cool Tools in Action 2017 Cool Tools in Action 2017 at Red Door Family Farm provided a forum for farmers to talk about, see, and handle a variety of tools for diversified organic vegetable production. 37 farmers and agro professionals and their families attended, and there were over 20 tools on display. From an antique potato planter to a new Kress finger weeder and everything in between, there were great demos and farmer to farmer discussions. Check out the video below for a recap of this fun-filled, educational Field Day. (Video by Claire Strader)
Cover Crops as Living Mulch FairShare’s Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator, Claire Strader, worked with four farmers in 2015-16 to test two types of clover as living mulch, planted under Brussels sprouts and acorn squash. Cover crops have long been a part of diversified organic vegetable rotations.  Grown to prevent erosion, smother weeds, improve soil structure, add organic matter, and attract beneficial insects, cover crops are not eaten but worked in for the benefit of the soil.  Leguminous cover crops in particular are valuable to farmers because they fix nitrogen from the air and make it available to subsequent crops. Using cover crops as living…
Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship – In the Works! In 2016, FairShare CSA Coalition, in partnership with Dane County UWEX and UW Madison, started working with diversified organic vegetable farmers and the WI Department of Workforce Development (WDW) to develop an Organic Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship, which will soon be the second registered agricultural apprenticeship in the nation. One of the main goals of the apprenticeship, in addition to training new organic farmers, will be to establish relationships between aspiring and established farmers that can lead to mutually beneficial long-term employment, and…
Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16   What: Hands-on FairShare Field Day to handle and discuss vegetable planting and cultivation equipment. When: Sunday, July 16, 2-5 p.m. Where: Red Door Family Farm, 6961 HWY 97, Athens, WI Based on the success of the 2016 Cool Tools field day, we are doing it again at a new location with new tools! See, handle, and discuss an array of vegetable planting and cultivation equipment for all scales. Everything from the humble BCS walk-behind, to the latest Japanese cultivation equipment will be on hand to inspect and test drive. Highlights of…
Faces of CSA "This is our second summer doing market shares, and our third year doing CSA. I like that it supports local farming, and it's a way to eat healthy and incorporate more produce in my diet. It's fun to occasionally get new stuff I haven't tried before." - Ellen Amundsen, CSA member
Partner Shares Financial Assistance Still Available Financial assistance is still available for CSA sign-ups through FairShare's Partner Shares program. Households eligible for SNAP (EBT/Food Share), on a fixed or limited budget, or who meet income eligibility guidelines may receive 50% toward the cost of a FairShare-endorsed farm CSA vegetable share, up to $300. Details available on the Partner Shares page.
April 18 – Nelson Earth Day Conference Can the pop-culture phenomenon of post-apocalyptic films and books help us understand today’s environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future? Join us on Tuesday, April 18 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center for the Nelson Institue's Earth Day Conference to explore this and more: http://nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/index.php. "Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse" features an exciting line-up of provocative authors, leading thinkers and creative problem solvers to explore these questions. Join us for a day of fresh ideas about climate change, wildlife conservation, economic growth, social justice and other challenges that drive our anxieties and test our resolve.
It’s Not Too Late: Sign-Up Today! There is still time to sign up for CSA boxes brimming with fresh, local, organic, healthy and TASTY seasonal vegetables from a farm near you! 1. Choose a FairShare CSA Farm: Great tips on how to choose a farm Map of farm delivery locations New to CSA? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions on How It Works! 2. Visit the Farm's Website for Details Farm websites are listed in the farm's profile in the Full Farm List 3. Fill out the Farm Sign-Up Form and Send Payment to Your Farm: Most farms have online sign-up and payment options Most farms…
Bike the Barns Driftless Registration Now Open   FairShare's 5th Annual Bike the Barns Driftless is Sunday, June 25, 2017. This delectable food and farms bike tour is an unforgettable on-farm experience. Starting and ending in beautiful Viroqua, Wisconsin, the ride features a gourmet lunch on the farm, tours at each farm stop, and a new bus the barns option!
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