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 2014 Quarterly  Newsletter 

UW-Extension Community Food Systems Team Newsletter 

The Community Food Systems Interdisciplinary Team functions like a community of practice to support UW-Cooperative Extension colleagues around the state programming in community food systems.  The team builds colleague capacity for food systems work by connecting colleagues, creating and sharing food systems resources, and building food systems skills through peer learning.  The team generally hosts two face-to-face meetings per year to provide professional development and opportunities for colleagues to share scholarship (September and late January) and supports webinars, trainings, and provides mini-grant awards.

Below is an update on a variety of initiatives that members of the team have been involved in as well as opportunities to get engaged:

  • Steve Deller, Laura Brown, Amber Canto, Anna Haines and Randy Fortenbery recently published three new studies on the impacts of local foods.                                                                                       
  • Interested in food hubs? Here is a compilation of food hub resources, including a pretty cool infographic from USDA.                                                                                           
  • Registration is OPEN! Marketing 201: Getting Your Products Off the Shelf                                              
  • Kristy Seblonka with the Center for Land Use recently published two fact sheets: 1) Planning and Zoning for Local Food Systems Fact Sheet- This fact sheet addresses the production aspect of the food system and focuses primarily on the availability of land for food production near or within urban areas and 2) Urban Agriculture in Practice: Riverview Gardens- An urban agriculture case study highlighting zoning and planning issues.                                                                                
  • Watch the brown bag seminar on Urban Ag in St. Louis, recently hosted by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.
  • Connect with colleagues across the country doing food systems work by joining the Community, Local & Regional Food Systems eXtension CoP (Login required and if you do not have an eXtension ID, you can contact the eXtension administration to get one) and check out the Facebook page.                                                                                                                                          
  • Join the UWEX CFS Team Google+ online community

Looking for community food systems resources? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and Resources page and our Colleague Resources page.  If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact Erin Peot, or 608-890-4606 with requests, suggestions, ideas.

Be well,

UWEX Community Food Systems Team

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2/28-3/1 Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse

3/1  2014 Hop Seminar, Wausau

3/4-7 Marketing 201: Getting Your Products Off the Shelf, Ashland, Black River Falls, Green Bay, Madison

3/6 WI Acidified Canned Foods Training for Small Processors, Madison

3/7-8 Annual Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference, Mishicot

3/13-14 Cover Crops Conference, scholarships available WI Dells

3/17  Webinar: Adding Value to Farm Products

3/25 Webinar: Food Safety Liability and Regulations

3/26-28 2014 National Food Hub Conference: Building Capacity for Healthy Regional Food Systems
March-April OPI School for Organic Processing Entrepreneurs


Check out the Community Food Systems Team blog for a list of community food systems partner organizations, educational resources, information aggregation sites and bibliographies of food systems resources.

Producers Processors
Fairness and Justice
Food Access
Farm to School Economic Development 


Got Moola?

2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant program

SLOW MONEY Business & Inventors Showcase 

First Nation Elder Grant (nutrition)

Organic Farming Research Foundation 

USDA Farm to School Grants 

USDA Grants to Help Communities Meet Water Challenges

USDA Program to Improve Pollinator Health in Midwestern States

Strengthening Small-Scale Sustainable Farming and Local Food Systems by Accelerating Food Hub Development

For grant writing assistance contact:
Deirdre Birmingham
Grants Advisor
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute


April-May WI Local Food Business Seminars

5/13-15 National Value Added Agriculture Conference  Baltimore, Maryland 

6/17-18 University of Vermont Food Systems Summit  Burlington, VT


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