Madison Bioneer: Kiera Mulvey FairShare's Executive Director Kiera Mulvey was one of five Madison Bioneers featured at the recent 2012 Badger Bioneers Conference sponsored by Sustain Dane  “I was – and continue to be – surprised by the quantity of rutabaga consumed in Wisconsin,” says Kiera Mulvey, her freckly face widening to a grin. “It seems to hearken back to some kind of Wisconsin ancestral history.” The rutabaga: a root-vegetable in the figurative as well as literal sense, and a pretty good metaphor for the work Mulvey does as the executive director of FairShare CSA  Coalition: find ways to transform a very old tradition…
FairShare in 2012 Remember when you were 20? Full of enthusiasm and inspiration, ready to jump off that cliff into the wide, great world, and believing everything is possible? In 2012, during the Year of CSA, FairShare farms delivered more CSA shares to more Wisconsin families than ever before. FairShare hosted a record number of community events attended by over 3,000 individuals, and, most importantly, we worked with our 50 farms to build strong relationships with farm members to grow and eat good…
Winter Root Crops CSA Storage Shares are huge. How to store your winter veggies to make them last? Storing root crops, onions, garlic, and squashes in a cool environment is the easiest and most time- and cost-effective storage method available. When stored properly, the food retains its original taste and nutritional value. An ordinary basement provides the minimum conditions needed for storing certain vegetables and fruits, including apples, pumpkins, and winter squash for several months and garlic, onions, and potatoes for much of the winter. Indoor and outdoor root cellars and other types of storage places present more optimal conditions. There are several…
Ken Meter: ‘Local’ is Shorthand for a Community-Based Food System "If consumers in the Madison metro area spent just $5/week directly to local farms, those farms would earn $150 million in new farm revenue." ~ Ken Meter FairShare recently hosted food analyst Ken Meter at the UW Soils Building for the final event in the 2012 Year of CSA Speaker Series. In his presentation, Meter suggested four key purposes for building local food systems: Health  –  Eating well is our first line of defense to keep people out of the medical system Wealth –  Buying locally will keep wealth in our local communities; our country spends $1.2 trillion on food/year;…
Resources for Growers and Eaters Did you know that our Resource Pages are chock full o' tidbits for growers and eaters?    Consumers (aka "eaters") will find an introduction to CSA; cooking, storage and food preservation instruction and tips; and information about local, regional and national resources. [Consumer resources] Growers will find info on vegetable and fruit production; marketing, business planning and risk management; livestock and pasture; new growers (starting a farm business, searching for and acquiring land, incubator programs and mentorship opportunities); soils and compost; and more. [Grower resources] Also be sure to look at our Events…
What’s Happening with the Farm Bill? Oct. 1, 2012 was quiet - much too quiet, really. After the hubbub and concern all summer long whether Congress would pass a new Farm Bill before the previous Farm Bill expired at midnight of Sept. 30, when that day actually dawned, Congress had not accomplished this crucial task before its members returned home to campaign for reelection. Some news commentators reassured us that the failure to pass a Farm Bill was no big deal -- farmers would still get payments they need to stay farming, and low-income consumers would still get access to SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits. But that's…
What To Do with Celeriac? Celeriac. This weird-looking veggie is showing up in shares and at the farmers markets. What the heck do you do with it? Well for starters, you could make a really excellent soup (see recipe below). Celeriac, also known as celery root, has an obvious but unusual kinship to the common celery. Do not be put off by celeriac's rough exterior. Inside, a surprisingly delicious and versatile vegetable waits to be added to your culinary repertoire. Its excellent storage capability is coming back into style as many of us shift our…
6th Annual Bike the Barns an ‘Outrageously Good Time’! Thank you Bike the Barns riders, volunteers and sponsors! What a great day! Thanks to all for helping Bike the Barns become an inspiring fundraiser and community in support of fresh food for all. The 6th annual Bike the Barns, presented with Underground Food Collective and Just Coffee Cooperative on Sunday, Sept. 16, was a huge success, thanks to your support. Special thanks to: ~Uphill Grind, Bleu Mont Dairy, Dreamfarm, and Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC for hosting our riders ~ The amateur radio team led by Don Michalski that handled communications at our farm stops and in the sag…
Ken Meter: “Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery,” Nov. 14 Final Event in 'Year of CSA Speaker Series' Our nation spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually on medical treatment for food-related diseases. At the same time, the United States is mired in a tepid economic recovery. Please join the FairShare CSA Coalition for a free talk by Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, as he discusses challenges and solutions for the issues in our nation's food system. His work serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics. Meter will present "Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery" from 6:30…
Celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainable food for National Food Day! Attend Dane County's Food Summit on Oct. 24 Here at FairShare, we are gearing up for National Food Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Across Madison and the nation, people from all walks of life will gather in celebration of fresh food for all! The Food Day movement aims to launch a national conversation about important issues like health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare and farm worker justice. The Food Day webpage speaks to the goal of strengthening and unifying the entire food movement within the United States in order to improve food policies. Sounds like an awesome national…
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