2016 Southern WI Vegetable Production Workshops coming soon!


Early Bird Registration ends on Tuesday 1/26

Dane County UW-Extension and the FairShare CSA Coalition are teaming up again to put on the 2016 Southern Wisconsin Vegetable Production Workshops. Join us to learn detailed production information on specific vegetable crops from farmer presenters representing a variety of scales and techniques. Extension specialists will also share current research on the crops. Though these workshops are not exclusively organic, there is a focus on organic practices.

Each workshop is enhanced by a handout including detailed production notes from each of three farmer presenters per crop. Download past handouts, learn more, and register at the Vegetable Production Workshops event page.

Wednesday, February 10th

1-3 pm: Brussels Sprouts with Mike Noltnerwyss of Crossroads Community Farm, Jillian Varney of Small Family Farm, and Russ Groves or Amanda Gevens of UW Extension

3-5 pm: Organic Weed Management with Steve Pincus of Tipi Produce, Heidi Accola of Roots & Shoots, and John Middleton of Fazenda Boa Terra

Thursday, February 18th

1-3 pm: Sweet Potatoes with David Perkins of Vermont Valley Community Farm, Noah Engel of Driftless Organics, Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm, and Russ Groves or Amanda Gevens of UW Extension

3-5 pm: Melons with Steve Pincus of Tipi Produce, Kat Becker of Stoney Acres Farm, Brian Emerson of West Madison Ag Research Station, and Russ Groves or Amanda Gevens of UW Extension


Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI. Free Parking. Rooms will be larger this year to more comfortably accommodate our growing numbers.


Register by January 26th for the Early Bird rate of $40 for the whole series or $25 for one day. After the 26th, the registration fee will be $50 for the whole series or $30 for one day.

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As AA/EEO employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements. To ensure equal access, please make requests for reasonable accommodations prior to the program (10 days is reasonable). Call 224-3707 to request an accommodation.
Please note that a photographer will be taking videos and pictures of participants at these events. UW-Extension will use these videos and pictures in a manner consistent with the UW-Extension’s mission. Your attendance at these events indicates your consent for your image to be recorded and used in this manner.
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Apply now for FairShare’s Partner Shares Program!

FairShare’s Partner Shares program is now accepting applicants for the 2016 season.

Partner Shares is a cost-sharing program that provides financial assistance to limited-income households for purchasing CSA vegetable shares. People can get half the cost of their share paid for up to $300 if they meet eligibility guidelines, which you can find here.

The Partner Shares program makes joining a CSA farm more affordable for everyone. Its easy to sign up following the steps here. Applicants are recommended to complete and submit their Partner Shares application by March 18, 2016 for the 2016 growing season. Any interested households are encouraged to contact FairShare CSA Coalition to check on availability throughout the year. Requests for Partner Shares funding assistance are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.Primrose-winter-share-06-330x247

You can even pay your share using SNAP/Food Share/EBT! Contact the FairShare office at (608) 226-0300, if you are interested in paying using these options.

See FairShare’s Website for more Information:  http://www.csacoalition.org/about-csa/partner-shares/


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Pre-Submission SEED Grant Informational Meeting Tuesday!

Just a friendly reminder that a Pre-Submission SEED Grant Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00 pm at the Catholic Multicultural Center, located at 1862 Beld Street, Madison, WI 53713.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this pre-submittal meeting to discuss the grant application and explore potential collaboration opportunities with other organizations in attendance.

The City of Madison 2016 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be given out by the Madison Food Policy Council. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging community groups, projects, and other proposals devoted to making food more accessible. Any concept that improves the local food system will be considered.

For more information on the 2016 SEED Grant program please click on the link below:


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Register now for the 2016 Gardens Summit


2016 Gardens Summit

A celebration of Dane County Community Gardens

The Gardens Network* cordially invites you to

a day of learning and sharing on

Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9am-2pm

(registration, breakfast and networking from 8:30-9:30am).

At Warner Park Recreation Center

Why attend?  Great sessions for garden leaders of all ages, cultures and interests!
  • Youth track: bring your kids (ages 6-12) for garden-based activities in a session just for them: garden art, bike-blender smoothies, garden theatre, bee-keeping and more. Adults welcome.
  • How-to sessions to amplify your garden’s impact: composting 101, pollinators, people and place-making workshops
  • Leader support workshops: A Year in the Garden (managing your garden) and Strategies for Success with volunteers, plot-monitoring, garden security, etc.
  • Tracks in Spanish, Hmong and English
  • Multicultural seed-starting workshop
  • Community resource tables: meet local groups that share your goals
  • It’s our annual reunion – come network with garden friends!
  • Happy Birthday! The Gardens Network and The Gardens Coalition are one year old today and there will be cake 🙂
  • Bunky’s breakfast and lunch. Yum!
  • Time for Afternoon Q&A
  • Pay it forward! When you register, please consider giving a scholarship so other garden leaders can attend. Online registration is here: http://bit.ly/1RWJJaM
*The Gardens Network is a partnership of Community GroundWorks, Dane County UW Extension and the City of Madison. Together we foster community gardening and greening in Madison and Dane County. 
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FairShare is Hiring!

FairShare is hiring a Program Coordinator to provide fairshare-logoevent, program, and administrative 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 families have access to locally produced, organic food and have strong connections to their farms, food and community.

This new staff member will be an integral member of our small team, providing support for our events, Partner Shares and Workplace CSA programs, as well as ongoing administrative support.

For more information visit: http://www.csacoalition.org/news/fairshare-is-hiring/


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The 2016 Local Food Summit is almost here!

The Local Food Summit Countdown Begins!wisclocalfoodnet

With only 5 weeks left in the countdown for the 2016 Wisconsin Local Food Summit, let us give you 5 good reasons why you should attend!

1. Hear Stories From Food System Leaders including Winona LaDuke, Darrell Smith, and Tera Johnson, our 3 Keynote and plenary session speakers. In addition, attend 25 inspiring breakout sessions presented by 40 amazing presenters!

2. Learn Practical Ideas for Farmers and Food Enterprises including information on a food buying club, farming and finances, and building local market channels.

3. Strengthen Existing Partnerships and Build New Allies From Across Wisconsin through networking sessions, table talk at breakfast, and other integrated alliance building time.

4. Discuss Food System Barriers and Opportunities from activists in our state working on issues addressing food security, health, and education.

5. Tour and Visit 4 Inspiring Farm and Facilities in Sheboygan, including a sixth generation homestead and emerging aquaponics farm, a successful hydroponic microgreens enterprise, an area high school who is embracing the emerging food and agriculture movement while inspiring the next generation of food leaders! In closing, visit the Lakeshore Culinary Institute and experience a state-of-the-art culinary facility that gives emerging chefs and young people an apprenticeship opportunity.

Does it sound as good to you as it does to us! That’s great…because there is still time to register!

Register Here!


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2016 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers Registration is Open!

Registration is open for the 2016 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers to be held January 8-10, 2016 on the UW-Madison campus.

This intensive, 3-day workshop provides a comprehensive look at what it takes to start and operate a sustainable business growing and selling fresh vegetables. Many people already possess a “green thumb” but to be successful they need to make smart decisions about business planning, marketing, pricing, capitalization, and labor.

The school was first launched 18 years ago to help aspiring market growers take advantage of the rising demand for local and organic food and the rapid growth in farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture farms, and stores, restaurants and institutions seeking locally produced vegetables.beginning grower school

The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management, equipment needs, planning and budgeting. The program’s instructors include experienced growers and UW faculty and staff.

Practical know-how is the cornerstone of the course but past participants have also appreciated hearing the real-life stories of experienced growers and being able to network with peers who share their interest in making a business out of growing and selling fresh produce.

The School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Registration for the program costs $325. Enrollment is limited, so early sign-ups are advised. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. 

For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS web site: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-school-for-beginning-market-growers/.

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