History

A local food organization was born

In 2006, interest in local food was just beginning to climb in Central Wisconsin. Around that time, food became a focal point of discussion based on its inherent value to all residents.  The subject motivated community members to host public forums in 2007 and 2008 that began initial brainstorming sessions related to the concept of regional food system development.  Those forums brought together the community at large with experts on many sides of the issues.  Out of the forums, a local food organization was born called Central Rivers Farmshed.

Early on, Farmshed was run by passionate volunteers who met for breakfast weekly to discuss program opportunities.  This meetings led to educational programming at the farmers market, a Local Food Fair, a Beginning Farmer Course, and a free local food publication called the Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas.  Farmshed’s community programming was made possible by dedicated volunteers who took responsibility for each program’s success.  Early efforts began raising awareness around local food resources throughout our region and over the next several years more volunteers got involved.  In conjunction with the interest, the organization’s programming schedule grew.

In 2011 Farmshed set forth on a long-term project; hiring an Executive Director, and beginning work on the transformation of an abandoned garden center in downtown Stevens Point.  The vision for the space included a community food center complete with 8,000 square feet in production greenhouses, a commercial kitchen, and community gathering space. Over the next four years, Farmshed staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to raise funds, renovate, and update the 36,000 square foot property; dedicated to making the property a home for food system efforts in Central Wisconsin for many years to come.

WHY SUPPORT FARMSHED

We Believe: 1) Food should be grown in a sustainable manner 2) People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods 3) The public should know local farmers 4) Farmers should know who eats their food

BECOME A MEMBER

Your membership supports our community programming as well as our production greenhouse, community kitchen, gathering space, and learning center.
Event
8/19/17 - United Health Care Community Plan Kids Activities
Stevens Point Farmers’ Market, Stevens Point WI
8/26/17 - Portage County Giving Gardens Outreach
Stevens Point Farmers’ Market, Stevens Point WI
8/27/17 How to Make Your Own Baby Food Workshop
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI