We Believe:

People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods

What is a Farmshed?

A farmshed is a network of people, businesses, organizations, and productive lands that create a local food economy.  Similar in concept to a foodshed, the farmshed idea helps us envision and strengthen our community’s relationship with regional landscape.

What is Central Rivers Farmshed?

Central Rivers Farmshed is a 501c3 nonprofit organization representing all aspects of the food system whose members are committed to making Central Wisconsin a renowned, local food community.


Farmshed’s mission is to expand the connection between local residents and their food by providing opportunities for participation, education, cooperation, and action to support a local food economy in Central Wisconsin.

We Believe

  • Food should be grown in a sustainable manner
  • People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods
  • The public should know local farmers
  • Farmers should know who eats their food

What Does Farmshed Do?

Farmshed organizes events, resources, and partnerships to support a local food economy. Our Initiatives:

  • Food System Education: To make wise consumer choices that support local food economies and sustain the rural landscape, the general public needs to understand the food system and perceive related issues as important to their lives.
  • Local Eating: To support a local food economy, we need the skills, resources, and motivation to grow, preserve, prepare, and appreciate local foods.
  • Farmer Capacity Building:  In exchange for locally-produced, sustainable, and nutritious food, farmers deserve a living wage and a supportive community. This, along with education and training, will attract the skilled, motivated workforce that healthy rural communities and landscapes require.
  • Local Food Networks:  Traditional local food networks have been replaced by a highly consolidated international system of food processing and distribution. By rebuilding the networks between local producers and consumers, consumers can gain access to local food and producers can gain a fair price for their products.
  • Public Markets:  Public places that facilitate interaction with local farmers, discussion of local foods, learning about food preparation and preservation, meeting other community members, and sharing in community events are fundamental assets that inspire local food economies and build food cultures.
  • Nutrition for Learning and Health:  To learn and grow healthy, school children need access to nutritious food. Good food is at the center of good health. Facilitating healthy nutrition should be a primary goal of our health care providers. Schools and health care facilities could catalyze and sustain a local food economy and receive great benefit in doing so.

We are currently developing and moving forward with initiatives in the priority areas. This requires planning, action, and above all, collaboration. We need your involvement. If you want to know more and get involved, contact us at info@farmshed.org


1) Locally grown food tastes better. 2) Local food preserves genetic diversity. 3) Local produce is better for you. 4) Local food from small farms is often GMO-free. 5) Local food supports local farm families. 6) Local food builds community. 7) Local food preserves open space. 8) Local food keeps your taxes in check. 9) Local food supports a clean environment and benefits worldwide. 10) Local food is about the future.


The Greenhouse Project, an all-encompassing revitalization of the former Sorenson’s Garden Center. The 35,000 square foot future community food center, which is centrally located in Stevens Point, will house an 11,000 square foot production greenhouse, community kitchen, gathering space, and learning center.
5/2/17 Growing Collective Meeting
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI
5/9/17 Community Potluck
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI
5/16/17 Local Food Fair Committee Meeting
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI