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Winter Work at Driftless Organics Despite the frozen fields, CSA doesn't always halt during the winter. Driftless Organics, located in Soldiers Grove, WI, runs a winter vegetable share, supplies to grocery stores, and attends the winter farmers' market so that we can eat vegetables all year long! Check out how their operation bustles even through the "off-season." "Even though it's the dead of winter outside, our vegetable business is bursting with life as we wash tons and tons of carrots, potatoes, cabbage, radishes, parsnips, beets and more for CSA Members (our Winter Veggie Lovers Share), grocery stores…
The Big Share is March 6th! FairShare supporters, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 6th for the The Big Share™ day of giving! This is a great opportunity to show your love for FairShare's work supporting local farmers, healthy eating, and improved access to fresh fruits and vegetables. During the Big Share, Community Shares of Wisconsin will host a 24-hour online day of giving to support local non-profits working towards social and environmental change. We would be honored and grateful to receive your support. FairShare is just one of over 60 Community Shares of Wisconsin nonprofits dedicated to social and environmental causes. Community Shares of Wisconsin will raise over a quarter of…
Dane County UW Extension recently conducted a field test of Facebook targeted advertising, using four different messages designed to drive traffic to CSA farmer websites with the goal of increasing sales of CSA shares. The results of this experiment are described in the brief and offer valuable insight into effective Facebook advertising strategies. Ramp up your web presence today and get your name out into the CSA community! Find the brief here.
Winter Work: My Fine Homestead’s Syrup Whisperer Mid-winter and early spring, Bill and Stacey from My Fine Homestead are busy at work with the alchemy of maple syrup production. Last season Stacey described the addictive process and how her husband Bill becomes a "Syrup Whisperer" for a few months each year. "Maple sugaring - that's what we're doing right now - is an exciting mix of frenzied work and long hours which culminate in a deliciously satisfying reward of full-bodied maple syrup. We excitedly anticipate it even though it leaves us exhausted at the end. In fact, when I add up all the time we spend on it, I’m not…
FairShare Welcomes Two Farms to the Coalition FairShare is delighted to welcome Cattail Organics and Three Sisters Community Farm to the Coalition for the 2018 season! Cattail Organics, run by Kat Becker in Athens, WI, will offer a small CSA, free produce for local food pantries, and specialty greens in 2018. After 13 years of management and ownership at Stoney Acres Farm, Cattail Organics is an off-shoot intended to build a strong, intimate community.   Kelly and Jeff Schreiber operate Three Sisters Community Farm in Campbellsport, WI. They maintain…
Farm Inspirations with Garrett Peterson of Troy Farm Garrett Peterson first delved into Madison’s food system as an intern at Troy Farm and Madison FarmWorks, both part of Community GroundWorks. He subsequently worked as a Food Security Operations Specialist at the Community Action Coalition and returned to Troy in a staff capacity as soon as an opportunity presented itself. He is now the Farm Production Manager at Troy.  In an interview with FairShare, Garrett discussed the changing CSA landscape and food equity issues within the current model. With full steam ahead, he plans to redefine Troy's role in Madison -- namely, becoming the neighborhood farm of the Northside. What…
Building a Future with Farmers II: A Guide Following a survey they conducted earlier this year, the National Young Farmers Coalition published a guide of results and recommendations for increasing the success of young farmers. The survey garnered responses from over 3,500 farmers under the age of 40, and brought to light the common challenges young farmers currently face. With numerous infographics and case studies of farmers across the country, this guide outlines the demographics of young farmers today, the barriers they feel most in farming, and proposals of specific state and federal policy changes that would aid in creating a thriving generation of farmers. Find the guide…
Join Our Team! FairShare is Hiring! Join our team and support an entrepreneurial and creative organization connecting farmers and eaters through CSA. FairShare is hiring a Communications and Administrative Coordinator. The Communications and Administrative Coordinator provides communications, administrative, fundraising and general support for FairShare’s overall organizational mission and goals. FairShare CSA Coalition supports and connects community supported agriculture (CSA) farmers and consumers. Through outreach and education we foster a cohesive network of committed farmers and community members who believe CSA is the backbone of a vibrant, just and healthy food system, where all…
Farm Inspirations with Tenzin Botsford of Red Door Family Farm Behind the labor required to cultivate countless acres of vegetables, more often than not, a farmer has a unique passion or issue that inspires them every day. Tenzin Botsford of Red Door Family Farm recognizes the barriers facing young farmers, and shared his vision of how to overcome them with FairShare this season. I think something like 60% of arable land is going to change hands over the next 10 years. Because farmers are aging out and there are not young farmers stepping up to replace them. "I think the key…
Field Notes with Eric Udelhofen of Taproot Farm & Fruit This summer Eric Udelhofen of Taproot Farm & Fruit shared a day in the life at the farm, and illustrated how the impact of each task extends throughout the season. Udelhofen is the main farmer of Taproot Farm & Fruit in Ridgeway, Wisconsin, where he grows a variety of vegetables for their CSA and manages an apple orchard. "There must be few finer feelings for a vegetable farmer than a freshly cultivated field with a good crop of carrots and beets." --- "As a CSA that doesn't have our first delivery until…
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