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Partner Shares: Fresh, Healthy, Affordable Food FairShare's Partner Shares program is featured among affordable local food options in the Spring Issue of Edible Madison in the article, "The New Face of Hunger: Bridging the Food Insecurity Gap." Read the full article online. “Partner Shares was founded early on in FairShare’s existence,” says FairShare Executive Director Erika Jones. “The idea of making local food fair and accessible for all, no matter their finances, is a core principle.” The Partner Shares program is funded through private donations, grants and fundraisers held throughout the year, and it is able to raise enough each year to partner with approximately 180…
FairShare Partners in a new Charter for CSAs Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms across the United States and Canada are setting roots more deeply in the land as they unite under a community-developed CSA Charter that provides a clear definition of what CSA is all about. With 30 years of history and development, over 7,500 healthy, sustainable community farms have been established in the US, and many thousands more in Canada. These sustainable farms are directly networked with hundreds of thousands of households in the towns and cities where they are based and provide weekly shares of fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. Together, regional networks and independent CSAs in…
The Season of Giving! Help FairShare build thriving communities, ensuring nourishing food and healthy environments through community supported agriculture. For 25 years, FairShare CSA Coalition has been a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the local food movement. 1st Annual CSA Open House held in 1993 Developed the Health Insurance Rebate Program in 2006 SNAP (food stamps) authorized to process payments for CSA purchases since 2010 Currently foster partnerships with more than 44 companies to bring CSA to the workplace More…
Late Season Shares Still Available! Though the weather is already chilly, there is still time to sign up to receive boxes brimming with butternut squash, parsnips, carrots - and many other hearty vegetables! Fall and winter veggies are incredibly versatile, and often at their sweetest after experiencing a few frosts. Some farms offer a total of 1 or 2 large boxes for their late-season shares; others offer a box every two weeks from November to February; it depends on the farm. To find farm that offers a "late-season" share, just use the custom farm search tool.  The following farms have let us know that they still have late…
Virtual Farm Visits! Former FairShare staffer Julie Garrett has partnered with WORT-FM in Madison to create mini audio farm profiles. As of Oct. 1, 15 of FairShare's endorsed farms have been covered. In each episode of 5 Minutes on the Farm, available on iTunes and Stitcher, you'll hear the farmers' story about how they came to farming and what's unique about their particular operation. You can really get a feel for the farmer's personality and their farm. (If you check them out on WORT's website,  you can also watch a scrolling photo gallery as you listen. Here's an example.)  It's one more tool to assist you in selecting your CSA farm. If you…
Solar Harvest Group Buy 2016 The cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically in recent years.  FairShare's Solar Harvest Group Buy with H&H Solar is bringing those cost savings to homes and farms around Wisconsin! Find specific details about the group buy discount and additional cost saving options in the Solar Harvest HOME SYSTEMS Brochure and Solar Harvest FARM SYSTEMS Brochure.  Anyone is eligible to join the FairShare group buy.  You can share this information with friends and neighbors to maximize the solar savings!  The more solar systems we install, the bigger the group buy discount, the more energy we save, and the greater the impact on CSA farms and farmers.  Our goal for the 2016…
Share the Season’s Bounty to support the Partner Shares program Help us ensure more families can enjoy the bounty of the season by joining a FairShare CSA farm! "Thank you, Partner Shares! We wouldn't have been financially able to participate in a CSA without you! The whole family loves to see what yummy & colorful surprises we get to eat each week!" ~Heather R., Partner Shares Farm Member FairShare CSA Coalition's Partner Shares program provides financial assistance to make CSA shares more affordable. Find out more about the Partner Shares program. Donate by Mail Please make checks payable to ‘FairShare CSA Coalition’ and mail donations to:…
2016 CSA Season The regular CSA season starts in June, but it’s still not too late to sign-up for membership in a CSA farm. As of June 13, the farms below still had capacity to add shares (scroll down; there are a lot!). It is typical for farms to pro-rate their memberships to take into account the weeks you miss. (If you’re interested in joining a farm that is not on this list, please check with the farm directly.) CSA sign-up forms are on the farm's individual websites. Check this interactive Pick-Up Locations Map to see which farms deliver near you. Each dot is a…
CSA Open House March 13 All things CSA in one handy location! Are you dreaming of spring and signing up for your 2016 CSA share? Have you heard of CSA and want to learn more about it? Do you long for a closer connection to your food and community? FairShare's 24th Annual CSA Open House is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive in Madison . More than 30 farmers who deliver shares to the greater Madison area will be in attendance to answer your questions and share information about their farms. Learn how CSA works and how to make the…
The Big Share, March 1 FairShare supporters, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 1 for the The Big Share™ day of giving! This is an opportunity to show your love for FairShare's work supporting local farmers, healthy eating, and improved access to fresh fruits and vegetables. On this first day of March, 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. From the Big Share landing page, you will…
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition