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September is Eat Local Month and the Willy Street Co-op is celebrating its local food sources, including several FairShare-endorsed farms. They shared with the Willy Street Reader what eating local means to them, as well as some fail-safe ways to spot a farmer from afar. Read the article here.
Farm Inspirations: Dela Ends from Scotch Hill Farm Dela Ends owns and operates Scotch Hill Farm and Innisfree Farmstay with her husband Tony. Scotch Hill has been in the FairShare community as an endorsed farm since 1995, and Dela served seven years on the FairShare board. Along with Lisa Kivirist and Kriss Marion, Dela was as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Wisconsin to allow home bakers to sell their goods without a commercial kitchen license. She shared with us what inspired her to branch out from small-scale vegetable farming to larger systems work. "Growing vegetables has definitely led to a passion for food. Being a FairShare grower and former board…
With collaboration from UW Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, FairShare staff and farmers have been part of creating a new Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship. The first state-accredited apprenticeship program for organic vegetable farming in the United States, the program will educate farmworkers for careers in organic agriculture. It is designed to provide an accessible and holistic training program that assists farmers in developing skilled workers on their farms. The Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship provides a long-term training opportunity that combines hands-on field…
Application Open for Partner Shares Program Intern Join our team and support an entrepreneurial and creative organization connecting farmers and eaters through CSA! FairShare seeks a Partner Shares Program Intern for Fall 2018. FairShare interns are key members of our team and assist with all aspects of the organization’s work, including outreach campaigns, administrative tasks, event coordination, resource development and research. You are encouraged to attend relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings to network with others working within the food system and to increase your knowledge. You will gain valuable experience and contribute to critical programs that work to build the strength and vitality of our local farms, and increase access…
From the Fields: Chris McGuire from Two Onion Farm Chris and Juli McGuire of Two Onion Farm love growing food for their community and have established a name for themselves as a sustainable small farm in southeast Wisconsin. But they do more than just grow vegetables -- they innovate, experiment, and continually strive to attain a more sustainable operation. Two Onion Farm is a participant in Claire Strader's SARE-funded on-farm research trials investigating living aisles as a mitigator for intense rain events. McGuire was awarded a SARE grant, as well, to trial organic methods to promote branching in nursery apple trees.  Check out the video to find out more about what's happening…
FairShare Farmers Innovate to Strengthen Farm to School Over the last decade farm to school programs have been popping up nationally, with burgeoning networks of farmers, chefs, and school food providers. Wisconsin alone has nearly 400 schools involved in farm to school and farm to early care (farm to ECE). The goals of Wisconsin Farm to School, according to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), are to strengthen the local agricultural economy; encourage healthy eating in schools; and educate children and families about food, nutrition, and the environment. Among the 50 FairShare CSA Coalition farms, many are involved in Wisconsin farm to school in varying…
A Night at the Duck Pond with Madison Mallards Join us on July 14th to support FairShare CSA Coalition at the Madison Mallards game! We can't think of a better way to get your family & friends together, celebrate the summer, and support a FairShare's work!   Five dollars of every ticket sold through the special sign-up portal will be contributed to FairShare. FairShare will also share the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at the ball park this evening.   There are two ticket options to choose from. See links at the bottom of this description to sign up. - $15 for a reserved stadium seat & official Madison Mallards…
Mulch for No-Till Organic Tomatoes FairShare’s Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator, Claire Strader, worked with three farmers in 2016-17 to test in situ mulch as a way that organic farmers may explore no-till planting techniques. Why a no-till technique? One of the most common criticisms of organic agriculture is that it relies too heavily on tillage. Tillage is known to have a negative effect on soil structure and leads to loss of organic matter and beneficial soil organisms. While organic vegetable farmers already grow cover crops, practice crop rotation, and incorporate…
Plowshares & Prairie: Celebrating Earth Day Everyday This Earth Day, FairShare is celebrating the farmers in the coalition who demonstrate exceptional efforts in supporting a sustainable food system. Chelsea Handler and Scott Laeser of Plowshares & Prairie do just that on their 75-acre property of produce fields, prairie, oak savanna, wetland, pond, stream, and woods. The name of our farm, Plowshares & Prairie, reflects our commitment to pairing sustainable food production with strong land stewardship. Caring for this beautiful Driftless land, our environment, and our community is embedded in everything we do on our farm. Like…
Save the Date: 12th Annual Bike the Barns! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 16th, 2018 for the 12th Annual Bike the Barns!!! We are thrilled to announce this year's route, reported to be the most beautiful to date! The ride will travel through the Reedsburg and Baraboo area, with stops at: 1. Orange Cat Community Farm 2. Meadowlark Community Farm 3. Wormfarm Institute and 4. Jumping Jersey Meats Registration will open June 18th. Keep your eye out for updates on our Bike the Barns event page! https://www.csacoalition.org/bike-the-barns/
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition