February 2013

Dear Colleagues,

It is a busy time of year and there are many excellent opportunities to participate in food systems programming!  Have a look at all the workshops below and the upcoming events listed on the sidebar.

Also, the coordinating committee for the Community Food Systems Team would like to move around the state for some of their meetings.  If you are interested in hosting a community food systems meeting and/or you would like more information, please contact Erin Peot,  

A friendly reminder that there is still time to register for the CFS Team meeting in Ashland and the Wisconsin Local Food Summit! 
Click here to register for the CFS Team meeting.

Click here to register for the Wisconsin Local Food Summit.

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on how to improve the newsletters please contact Erin Peot,

Safe travels and see some of you soon!
-Community Food Systems Team 

Workshops & Educational Opps

Accepting EBT at Farmers Markets
3 part webinar series on Thursdays mornings in February
2013 Southern Wisconsin Vegetable Workshop
February 1, 2013-Dane Co UW-Extension

The Columbia County Farm to School Summit  
February 7, 2013-Poynette
If you are an area producer or buyer, contact Kathleen Haas for an agenda and registration information at (608) 742-9683 or

Pastured Poultry Production and Profitability Webinar

February 7, 2013  12:00 PM-1:00 PM CST

20th-Annual Garden Expo
February 8-10, 2013-Madison, WI

Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal
February 11, 2013 12:00PM-1:00PM CST

Heart of the Farm - Women in Agriculture Conference 
February 15, 2013-Prairie du Sac
For more information on the conference Heart of the Farm Program contact: Jenny Vanderlin,, 608-263-7795

Networking Across the Supply Chain: Transportation Innovations for Local and Region Food Systems
February 20-21, 2013-La Crosse, WI

Moses Organic Farming Conference
February 21-23, 2013-La Crosse, WI

Call for Papers & Participation

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Calls for Urban Agriculture Submissions
Editors are seeking papers for a special issue of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems focusing on sustainable urban agriculture production systems, as well as the social/economic underpinnings of these systems. They are welcoming research and review papers on urban agriculture topics, as well as "From the Field" papers. If you would like to be considered for this special issue, send guest editors Carolyn Dimitri (New York University,, Andy Pressman (National Center for Appropriate Technology - ATTRA project,, and Lydia Oberholtzer (Penn State, a short abstract of the paper you suggest by February 28, 2013.

Join the Sweet Potato Project!
The Sweet Potato Project is a collaborative initiative in Dane County to address hunger with a locally-grown nutritious food source.


Resources & Tools

Food Systems Profile Project Online Portal
The web portal tool features printable county profiles and maps for a twelve state region, food systems resources by topic, and template discussion tools to help county educators make use of the profile in a community setting.

Local Food Prospectus for the Tri-State Region Report
This report explores how feasible it is for Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin to scale up produce production for wholesale markets and compete with other produce regions such as California and Mexico.

Commercial Vegetable Production in Wisconsin
This guide offers the latest recommendations for disease, insect, and weed management in Wisconsin's most common commercial vegetable crops.

Passing along farm knowledge: A mentor-intern handbook for dairy and livestock farmers
This handbook helps them identify ways to work together to meet shared goals. It provides examples and activities to help mentors and interns get the most out of the internship. 

USDA/Good Natured Family Farms Group GAP Pilot Project Report and Assessment 
The goal of this pilot was to assess the viability of group GAP certification in the U.S.

National Farm to School Network Newsletter
Not a member of the National Farm to School Network? You can view their most recent newsletter here, and then go to to register!

Educator's Resource Corner: Sustainable Food Systems
You may be interested in these resources from the Center for Environmental Education Resource Library.  These resources include K-12 teaching guides, DVD's/videos, books for youth & adults, and web resources.

New Fact Sheet now online: Benefits of Farm to School
This fact sheet created by the National Farm to School Network summarizes research to illustrate the benefits of Farm to School programs including: Student Health and Achievement; Food Service Costs, Revenue, Interest; Benefits for Farmers; Community and Economy; Teachers; and Parents. 

Agricultural Policies Have Little Effect on U.S. Calorie Consumption
Article from online magazine, Amber Waves:  The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America.

Addressing Food Systems Through Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
Article by Kristy SeBlonka on using comprehensive and sustainability plans to address local food systems.  

The Weekly Food Research and Action Center News Digest
Highlights what's new on hunger, nutrition and poverty issues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, around the network of national, state and local anti-poverty and anti-hunger organizations, and in the media.

Funding Opportunities

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants 
YSA and Sodexo Foundation are offering $500 grants for youth-led service projects that address childhood hunger. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants 
Seed grants for programs that engage children and young people in active, hands-on community service projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013.

FACT's Fund-a-Farmer Project 
The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. 

New Microloan Program from USDA
Designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000.

Sprouting Health Kids 2013 Youth Garden Grant
Are you looking for funding to start or support a school or community youth garden? HERE is a document that will help prepare you for filling out the application. Eligibility Requirements: Applicant's must be a certified or licensed childcare center, or a nonprofit K-12 school or 501(c)(3) AND be in Security Health Plan’s Service Area. Click HERE to view counties within the service area.

In the News

MATC Culinary Arts Grads Get a Leg Up On Local
Check out this article featuring the Milwaukee Area Technical College culinary arts program. Their students are learning all about local food by operating the school’s restaurant, Cuisine. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The restaurant has been quietly sourcing local ingredients for about six years, but this year the school is publicizing that fact." 

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago's Hidden Farms
"Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations." -John Taylor, grad student

In This Issue

Workshops and Educational Opps

Call for Papers & Participation

Resources & Tools

Funding Opportunities

In the News

Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Master Composter Program 
Spring 2013

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference
March 1-2, 2013-Pewaukee, WI

Local Produce for Foodservice 
March 5th, 2013-Madison, WI

University of Nebraska Lincoln: Recipe to Reality seminar 
May 17, 2013-Chicago, IL

Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop
March 18-19, 2013-East Lansing, MI

4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture 
November 6-8, 2013-Des Moines, IA