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Events that Celebrate Good Food (and Drink!) Come on out and hang with your farmer, play with your neighbors, support FairShare’s work!   SIP: Farm Fresh Mixology Classes, May-October Back by popular demand, this “Farm to Bar Experience” pairs FairShare Farms with local mixologists to put a new twist on local eating. All classes are held at Death's Door Spirits in Middleton. Proceeds benefit FairShare. May 9 - Drumlin Community Farm Cooperative June 13 - Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC July 11 - Dreamfarm LLC and Campo di Bella LLC Aug. 8 - Scotch Hill Farm Sept. 12 - Small Family CSA Farm Oct. 10 - Troy…
Photos That Expose the Art of Farming “The Art of Farming” features fine art photographs by photographer and Madison College student Callie Strouf that expose the heart of family farming in Wisconsin.  [Framed images may be purchased for $175 each. Please contact Strouf for more information at callie@calliejanephotography.com.] Strouf's photographs highlight four small, family-owned community supported agriculture farms: Blue Moon Community Farm in Stoughton, Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC in…
Wisconsin’s Support of Agricultural Jobs How did local food and agricultural entrepreneur programs fare in the Governor’s budget? Here are three programs that were eliminated: Wisconsin’s local foods program – Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Farmers across Wisconsin have increased sales because of projects funded by Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grants. People who care about buying Wisconsin products now find them at more grocery stores, on more menus, and at more markets, and children eat them in more schools – because of this program. Despite helping farmers and eaters, these grants are again on the chopping block, after zero funding for the previous two years! Buy…
The Farm Bill: Third Time’s the Charm? Third time’s the charm? Horticulturalists predict that, due to the late spring, asparagus plants will sprint from dormant to fast-growing shoots in no time flat.  It’s a little like the way Congress is approaching the Farm Bill this year. Barely two years after Congress passed the last Farm Bill in May 2008, people imagined that there might be a reauthorization of the Farm Bill in 2011.  Then, when that didn’t happen, Congress tried for 2012.  The Senate actually passed a Farm Bill last summer, and the House Agriculture Committee passed theirs, but a big election year isn’t the best time…
Be a Great CSA Member! CSA is a two-way street. What can you do to be a great CSA member? 1. Find out more about your farm. The more you know about how your farm operates the better prepared you are to understand various factors that affect production. Ask to tour the farm and see cultivation equipment, irrigation, greenhouses and the like. Your farmer will feel flattered that you care enough to educate yourself. Get to know your farmer, and share some of yourself as well. As you would do with others in your community, spend time building a relationship.  2. Pay your membership fees…
FAQs "I'm new to CSA. How do I get started?" You've heard about CSA, or community supported agriculture, but what is it, exactly, and how does it work? What is CSA? CSA is MUCH MORE than just a weekly delivery of food or food products. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a powerful investment in your health, community, and local economy. It's a partnership between farms and consumers that keeps independent businesses thriving, helps families eat seasonal, local produce, and charges farmers and consumers with the responsibility of building a strong, equitable food system. How does it work? CSA members invest in…
FairShare Welcomes Six Newly Endorsed Farms FairShare is a coalition of 49 thriving organic vegetable and sustainable animal CSA farms with farmers hard at work growing healthy, delicious food for local eaters. The article below introduces the farms endorsed by the coalition for 2013. Visit our Full Farm List for profiles of all of our wonderful farms. CSA farms interested in being formally endorsed by FairShare apply in the fall for the following growing season. In addition to the application, farmers are interviewed by our committee of growers. To be accepted, all farms must grow or produce the vast majority of their products, demonstrate an ability…
FairShare Surpasses ‘Give Local’ Goal Thank you, Heartland Credit Union and StoryBridge TV, for featuring our farms and Partner Shares in Heartland's Give Local campaign!   StoryBridge created a series of sensitive and poignant videos on CSA farming and the relationships members develop with their farms and their food, especially our Partner Shares participants who receive financial assistance to offset the cost of joining a farm. Heartland very generously offered to match at 100 percent up to $5,000 in donations. Not only did we reach that goal, the campaign finished on Feb. 1 at $14,980 – enough to help dozens of new families join Partner…
Margaret Krome: What’s Happening with the Farm Bill Even at age 56 and with a satisfying job, I felt a surge of entrepreneurial excitement as I listened to farmers discussing their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.  It was inspiring to hear farmers describe how they got started. At a conference recently, hundreds of Midwestern farmers described their farms, typically supplying a few hundred households. We heard of farm members’ passion for “their” farm and the gratitude farmers feel for their members’ support as they struggle through droughts, floods, or untimely freezes. Farmers described the satisfactions…
CSA Open House, March 10 Meet your farmer! Come out to Monona Terrace from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, to meet FairShare's CSA farmers at the 21st Annual CSA Open House. Details at the OPEN HOUSE WEBPAGE. Meet CSA growers serving the Madison area, talk with local farmers, find pick-up locations, learn about on-farm events, and choose your share! Meat, veggies and more! Attend free workshops and learn  how to best use your share and choose the right farm for your family. Children's activities, a raffle to benefit Partner Shares, which helps low-income families to join farms, and recipe samples! Approximately 1,000 people typically…
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition