CSA cooking, canning & food preservation Techniques and ideas for extending the local food season and making the most of your CSA vegetable share! Our goal is to make sure that all CSA members can use each week's entire share. This year, our Food Preservation and CSA Cooking workshops will help CSA members, dedicated farmers' market shoppers, and avid backyard gardeners make the most of the abundance of seasonal produce! Cost: Dehydrating and Cooking workshops are $15. The Canning workshops are $25. Attend all three CSA Cooking workshops for $40, or the dehydrating and both canning workshops for $60. Don't forgot the  From Asparagus to Zuchhini…
CSA Sh*tty Barn Party, Aug. 18 FairShare CSA Coalition Fundraiser w/ Ian's Pizza: Evan Murdock, Oak Street Ramblers, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, and Jonathan Burks What could be better than a steamy Saturday evening of sweet Americana tunes and delicious pizza? Only knowing that you can get all that AND support local farms and food! Announcing the first of what we hope will be many benefit concerts that bring together a Wisconsin trinity of pleasures: music, food and farms, for a fun-filled afternoon at the Sh*tty Barn in Spring Green. Come early and stay late to enjoy the tunes of regional favorites, Evan Murdock, Oak…
  MELINDA HEMMELGARN, M.S., R.D., L.D. “Food Sleuth®,” LLC ... “Helping people think beyond their plates” Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” and award-winning writer and radio host, better known as “the Food Sleuth.” With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate and educator. Prior to her freelance writing and speaking career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri, where she discovered the potential of using media literacy to combat childhood obesity. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed…
CSA Open House a success! If you missed the CSA Open House, don't fret!  Check out the Farm List for more information about Community Supported Agriculture, FairShare CSA Farms, and how to sign up for your CSA shares to taste the sweet seasonal flavors of 2012. With over 1,000 attendees, 35 farms, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi & Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, this year's CSA Open House was a blast AND a success!  Special thanks to our event sponsors and tireless volunteers. It was truly a grand celebration of the past 20 years of CSA in Southern Wisconsin, and a great way to kick off…
20th Annual CSA Open House, Sunday March 18th, 1-4PM ~ Monona Terrace Come on down to Monona Terrace to learn about Community Supported Agriculture, meet farmers, and join a farm for the 2012 season!  County Executive Joe Parisi will be officially declaring 2012 "The Year of CSA", Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will be joining us to celebrate 20 glorious years of community and agriculture in our region, and we'll be offering tasty samples of delicious recipes from our cookbook "From Asparagus to Zucchini". Kids Activities, free informative workshops, music, puppet shows, face painting and MORE! Bring your friends and neighbors to this 20th Anniversary celebration!
In 2001, Claire Strader cleared 200 honeysuckle bushes and mulberry trees making way for a few tomatoes, winter squashes, and potatoes. The following year Troy Community Farm began. Their CSA membership grew as ravenously as their original honeysuckle bushes, increasing from 14 members to 160 shares in eight years. The five-acre farm has been certified organic from the start and keeps “CSA” at the core of Troy. The farm is part of a 26-acre site on the north side of Madison overseen by…
Value Added, For Everyone by Michael Fields Agriculture Institute Policy staff American farmers have always been among the nation’s innovators, and USDA began offering Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) about ten years ago to help them keep innovating. You may not know it yet, but value-added grants also make possible a lot of the things you love about your local farm: season extension, new products like ciders and preserves, the diversity of fruits, vegetables and sometimes even livestock. It also happens that this grant program is a huge boost for rural economies in tough times, helping farmers expand their businesses, boost…
It’s the Year of CSA! Wisconsin is at the forefront of Organic Agriculture and a pioneer in the national CSA movement. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the CSA Open House, a cornerstone event that brings together farmers and community members to share information, make lasting connections, and encourage direct purchase of fresh food from local farms.  To mark this historic milestone, the Madison Area CSA Coalition, in partnership with CSA farmers, restaurants, university and organizational allies throughout the state, is sponsoring a year of special events.  Join us as we continue to build this thriving movement and position our community for the next 20…
Are you passionate about our community's health and nutrition, the local economy, or access to fresh, organic foods? Are you interested in providing your expertise to the local food movement? The Madison Area CSA Coalition is looking for community leaders, parents, youth educators, and health and social service professionals that are passionate about healthy, local foods to volunteer your expertise and knowledge by serving on our Food Access and/or Outreach committees. We are a nonprofit organization that works to support and connect community supported agriculture (CSA) eaters and growers.  We offer community outreach, education, and financial assistance programs and grower…
by Michael Fields Agriculture Institute staff Margaret Krome is the Policy Director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.  The Institute cultivates the ecological, social, economic, and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy and market development.  Ms. Krome can be reached at mkrome@sbcglobal.net . As you wake up from your winter nap, do the words “Farm Bill” send you right back to sleep?  Do you imagine the worst in boring reading, bad legislating, irrelevant policy, and undemocratic process? Well, it’s true that last autumn, as part of the now-defunct Supercommittee process, Congress nearly passed…
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition