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Save the Date: 12th Annual Bike the Barns! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 16th, 2018 for the 12th Annual Bike the Barns!!! We are thrilled to announce this year's route, reported to be the most beautiful to date! The ride will travel through the Reedsburg and Baraboo area, with stops at: 1. Orange Cat Community Farm 2. Meadowlark Community Farm 3. Wormfarm Institute and 4. Jumping Jersey Meats Registration will open June 18th. Keep your eye out for updates on our Bike the Barns event page! https://www.csacoalition.org/bike-the-barns/
Wisconsin Natural Food Associates Awards FairShare $10,000 FairShare is extremely honored to receive a generous gift of $10,000 from the Wisconsin Natural Food Associates. Since its inception in 1953, the WFNA has advocated for healthy living, clean water, and local, organic food. FairShare will carry on their legacy of embracing these ideals through our work strengthening Community Supported Agriculture, and making healthy food more accessible to all. Thank you, WFNA!
Highlights from the National Farmers Union Women’s Conference With so many farming conferences taking place every winter, what sets each apart? According to Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm, the National Farmers Union Women's Conference this January left her feeling frustrated, inspired, and ready to lead change. Here, she shares the highlights of the conference. If you are involved in agriculture (which you are because if nothing else you eat!), you should consider joining the Farmers Union. Ever since I joined the Wisconsin Farmers Union I have been in a multitude of situations that I would not…
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…
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