How has the pandemic changed food for you? How have you adapted your foodways to meet these new conditions?
CIAS at #uwmadison is partnering with Spatula&Barcode, along with Universities in Uruguay, Sweden, Mexico, and Spain to track the effect of COVID19 on our food ways. We are especially interested in hearing from farmers, and ask you to share these links with farmer friends and colleagues.
We are all affected by the pandemic and its impact on our food systems–please forward this email to anyone who might be interested!
photo credit: Clark & Peterson
Just a news flash that a lot has happened with the Madison Food Terminal. There is more detail posted on the Regional Food Freight Tab (top of your screen). Interested in other transportation issues? I posted a short summary of the 99th Annual Transportation Research Conference on the page, too.
Join other dairy farmers and coops on August 13 to advance solutions to the dairy crisis. There is a bus leaving from Wisconsin, full of dairy farmers. The bus will stop along the way for media opportunities and to pick up attendees in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
More details on Agrimark’s event page:
Were any of you part of the Driftless Bioregional Network? This is page one of a newsletter that went out in early 1984. Note the Viroqua address. I would love to hear stories…
Are you looking for an easy way to celebrate Farm to School Month, support your local farmers, and have a good reason to party?! Look no further than the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on Thursday, October 12. This fun, easy, and flexible event encourages you to purchase local apples and ‘Crunch’ into them at the same time with over one million other Crunchers across the region. We already have 250,000 Crunchers registered at over 700 different sites in Wisconsin, and we hope that you will join us! Register today to help us keep track of our #OneMillionCrunch goal. When you register you get a copy of the Crunch Guide to help you source local apples and plan your event, and you can get FREE CRUNCH STICKERS (sticker deadline October 2)! Everyone at K-12 schools, early care centers, farms, hospitals, agencies, offices, non-profits and more is encouraged to participate. Find more information and registration at the links below, or contact Vanessa Herald (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Website & Registration: www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/greatlakesgreatapplecrunch
Have you ever thought about adding value to the milk you produce on your farm? This May, join with other farmers to learn about value-added dairy, including visits to retails that specialize in specialty cheeses, and visits to farms that are making cheese and ice cream from their milk. Cow, sheep and goat milk dairies and cheese makers are featured, especially those producing artisan and raw milk cheeses from grass-fed animals.
This is three full days of on-site expert introduction to value-added dairy. The event fee of $695 includes:
- 3 farm visits,
- 3 processor visits,
- 5 retailer visits,
- 5 seminars with industry experts,
- 3 lunches,
- ground transportation to visits,
- Translation to Spanish.
There are also optional cheese making opportunities on Thursday May 4.
- Option one – make cheese with an award-winning cheese maker in a small factory setting. $425.
- Option two – make cottage cheese with professionals from the University of Wisconsin. $525.
The event runs Monday May 1 at 8 am to Wednesday May 3 at 3:30. Seminars are offered in Madison, WI and tours are concentrated in the Fox Valley.
Register at https://fs3.formsite.com/8onTH0/form1/index.html
For more details on the program, go to http://globalcow.com/making-more-from-milk/
Contact Karen@globaldairyoutreach.com to register. 866-267-2879
Remember the talk about a trade association for regional food? the Local Food Association, based in Lexington, KY, is organizing just such a service! The director bio is awesome and they have a great board of directors. They are hosting a first conference November 6th for supply chain businesses, including farmers / shippers, to meet and do business.