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Wise Farmers Value Soil; Our State Leaders Should, Too Please raise your hand if you knew that in addition to a State Bird (Robin) and State Flower (Wood Violet), Wisconsin has a State Soil. It is Antigo Silt Loam, and its existence among our legally designated state symbols reflects soil’s high importance to Wisconsin’s agricultural prosperity and the state’s historic role as the birthplace of federal soil conservation programming. Back in 1933, Coon Valley, Wisconsin was chosen by the newly created Soil Erosion Service as the first watershed in the nation in which to demonstrate soil…
It’s Not Too Late! If  you haven't signed up for a CSA share for the 2015 season, have no fear. You have not missed out! These farms still have capacity to add shares: Equinox Community Farm Harmony Valley Farm High Meadow Farm LOTFOTL Community Farm Plowshares and Prairie Tipi Produce (regular season final sign-up date is July 17) Vermont Valley Community Farm Wellspring What's the fastest and easiest way to choose a farm? 1. Look up your address on the Pick-Up Locations Map to see which farms deliver near your home or your daily orbit -- wherever you go regularly, such as near your work, your…
Bike the Barns Bike the Barns is a recreational bike ride touring CSA farms and the beautiful Southern WI countryside – fueled by fresh, local, delicious food! To pledge a rider, click here, or download this form. Registration for this year's ride on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, filled on Aug. 11, 2015. The waiting list is also closed now.  Please plan to join us for the 10th year anniversary of Bike the Barns next year! The ride date is Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016; registration opens Monday, June 18, 2016. Thank you for your support of FairShare CSA Coalition and Bike the Barns! I don't know how you make it…
RP’s Pasta Purchases CSA Shares for ALL Employees Here's another reason to love RP's Pasta. This small Madison company purchased CSA shares for all 24 of their employees for the 2015 season! Their tagline is 'From Farm to Fork With A Conscience,' and their conscience extends to their employees' well-being, too. They're partnering with Los Jalapeños CSA farmed by Juan Gonzalez Torres at the Farley Center's Farm Incubator in Verona. Juan specializes in crops like jalapeños, Mexican squash, squash blossoms, pápalo, and tomatillos. "RP's Pasta is excited to be participating in Los Jalapeños CSA to promote healthy lifestyles for all our employees and their families," said staffer Anne McHale. "We use…
Share the Season’s Bounty to support the Partner Shares program Help us raise $5,000 so that 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 funding assistance to make CSA shares more affordable. Find out more about the Partner Shares program. Donate by Mail Please make checks payable to…
FairShare Benefit April 18 The Madison Junior Woman's Club has selected FairShare's Partner Shares program to be the recipient of their "A Little Taste of Wisconsin" fundraiser. Enjoy an evening taste testing locally produced delicacies at Dream House Dream Kitchen and bid on Silent Auction items from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 18. This is a 21+ event. Ticket info, here.
It’s Prime CSA Sign-up Season! Farmers are stoking up their greenhouses, seeding onions, planting greens in hoop houses! It’s very early spring, and thus, it’s CSA sign-up season. This is the time to dream of the freshest, most delicious veggies, while outside, it’s gray-gray-gray, and nothing but a few crocuses ‘sing spring.’ The main CSA season in Southern WI runs from June to October, with many CSA farms selling both spring and fall sharesin addition to their regular season offerings. **Many  farms sell out of their regular shares…
A New Tool for Farm Selection Introducing Fair Share CSA Coalition's new 24-page booklet to guide you through the farm selection process! "We created this guide to make it easier for you to find a farm that's a good fit for your household," explained Julie Garrett, community program manager. "There are so many options for CSA in our area, it can be a little daunting to choose a farm." The guide includes farm descriptions, a definition of CSA lingo, and a chart showing the different types of shares and what each farm offers, including add-ons such as eggs and meat. Pick-up site locations are also listed. Infographics cover topics such as affordability…
FairShare Welcomes Nine Farms We are fortunate to live in a region committed to nurturing small family farms and CSA. With the addition of these newly endorsed farms, FairShare CSA Coalition numbers 53 farms. All FairShare-endorsed farms are eligible for CSA Health Insurance Rebates, Partner Shares assistance, and EBT payment processing. The starred farms below are planning to attend the CSA Open House on Sunday, March 8 in Madison. In total, representatives from 36 farms will be present the CSA Open House. It’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered…
CSA Open House March 8 Are you on the hunt for a farm to join for the 2015 CSA season? FairShare makes it easy with the 23rd annual CSA Open House! Come to Monona Terrace from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, for the opportunity to chat with 35 CSA farmers who deliver to the Madison area -- and beyond. Start your research online and then bring your questions directly to the people who can best describe their CSA shares and farm culture. Put faces to farm names and shake the hands of the people who will feed you this season. See the Open House webpage for…
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