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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…
By Katy Wallace Katy Wallace is a traditional Naturopath, and Yoga Teacher with Human Nature (www.humannaturellc.com).  She enjoys eating fresh local foods and exploring seasonal changes of southern Wisconsin ecology with her husband, Woody, and daughter, Marian.   The cold, silent winter months bring the opportunity for self-centering. Time taken for self-reflection heightens our internal capacity for storage; restoring the nervous system from the hectic events of fall and holidays, and also making space for new schemes in the New Year.  Similarly, winter is a time to make space for a vegetable storage share, and reap the restorative qualities of…
More CSA farms join the Coalition The CSA Coalition is excited to welcome five new farms for 2012, including possibly the oldest CSA farm in the state, a new organic egg CSA, and several highly experienced fruit and vegetable growers. The diversity of our membership is what makes the CSA Coalition what it is, and we’re looking forward to help you connect you with some great farmers.  …
SIP This: “Seasonally Inspired Potations” Delicious dinners and luscious lunches aren’t the ONLY way to enjoy your farm-fresh produce! Why not employ your farm’s bounty to whip up a creative concoction? Join FairShare CSA Coalition and Death’s Door Spirits for the four-part Farm Fresh Mixology series out at the new Death’s Door distillery, 2220 Eagle Drive, Middleton. We’ll learn from the pros with Nostrano’s head mixologist, Grant Hurless, as our fearless instructor in mixing, mashing, muddling and more! Sign up with a friend or for the full series for discounts! All proceeds from the Farm Fresh Mixology series benefit FairShare’s programs. Produce supplied by FairShare…
Wisconsin Knows Organic! The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) and DATCP recently published a fascinating look  at where Wisconsin stands in the national organic spotlight, and it turns out we are doing a stellar job. Wisconsin is home to over 1,200 organic farms, the 2nd-highest number in the country (California is 1st), and has more organic livestock farms than any other state. Organic product sales total over $132 million and all of these farms represent thousands of jobs. Find out more by reading Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2012 Status Report
Seed Savers’ John Torgrimson Speaks in Madison Oct. 10 As seed companies consolidate and American agriculture moves toward fewer and fewer crops, the importance of preserving genetic diversity – and keeping that diversity in the hands of farmers and gardeners – has become increasingly important. Join us for a presentation by John Torgrimson, executive director of Seed Savers Exchange. His talk, "Preserving Genetic Diversity and Cultural History in Our Food Supply," starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison. The event is free and open to the general public. "Crop, variety, and ecological diversity are at the heart of Community Supported…
Plough and Barrel CSA Dinner, Aug. 6 Artisan food, locally grown, expertly prepared! Join us for the third event in our Plough and Barrel CSA Dinner Series at The Coopers Tavern, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, in celebration of 20 years of CSA. Meet our local farmers and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared from farm-fresh local ingredients. August's dinner  features produce from Troy Community Farm and Crossroads Community Farm (formerly Primrose Community Farm) crafted into unique, tasty dishes and paired with brews from House of Brews. Tickets are $40 each and do not include the gratuity. Seating is limited. You may purchase tickets directly at The Coopers…
CSA Pioneers Dinner – May 6th @ Graze Pub A four course dinner in celebration of our rich history of Community Supported Agriculture in Wisconsin. Join veteran growers, long time farm members and other pioneers of the CSA movement to reflect on the successes of the past 20 years and look forward to a hopeful future of farm and community vitality.  Tickets $50, for reservations call: (608)251-2700   Tickets $50 Call (608)251-2700 for reservations
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition