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 envision a bustling local food economy of sustainable producers, social entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations, and impassioned eaters working together to preserve agricultural heritage, protect natural resources, ensure the health of our communities, understand the true value of food, provide fair compensation for meaningful work, and recognize that collaboration is necessary to maintain a viable food system.
- 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- Local Food Networks: Traditional local food networks have been replaced by a highly consolidated international system of food processing and distribution.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.
Farmshed is made up of people who care about local food, the environment, and community. They share concerns about the current food system, are willing to take action, are motivated to change the way we relate to our food, and are working hard to connect the dots so that everyone knows where their food comes from.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org