2017 Winter Drive

Announcing the Launch of the 2017 Farmshed Winter Drive!

***Please Note: To donate to the Winter Drive read below! Donations made via the donate button at top right will not be counted towards the Winter Drive Campaign**

To Our Supporters,

Winter is upon us once again, which brings us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2017 and plan our goals for the next year and beyond. It’s the work of this network and the belief in the cause that keeps the local food momentum growing in our community. Before we can launch another successful year of growing a resilient local food community, we need help meeting our end of year goals with the 2017 Winter Drive. Last year, during our first Winter Drive we were so grateful for the support that came with the campaign; together we raised over $11K!

This year, with the support of many, we proudly achieved printing of the biggest Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas to date, connecting community to and promoting 77 farmers, 38 farmers markets, 27 farm-to-fork and 32 like-minded businesses. We increased year-round economic opportunity for farmers at the Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers Market now hosting 23 vendors, and raised over $24K for local farms and producers via the Local Food Tastes Great Fundraiser with 11 participating schools and groups. See the bottom of this message for other great ways we have been impacting the local food community in 2017!

If you support the work that Farmshed does and want to support the continued growth of a local food community, donate today and help us spread the word! The Winter Drive is only open until December 31st. By supporting Farmshed, you will help this organization remain a vibrant, innovative part of the community that benefits farmers and local food producers.

Here are few ways to support Farmshed during the Winter Drive

Make a donation today through THIS LINK, your contribution will be added to the Farmshed General campaign fundraiser.

  • Feeling good about your contribution? Share why Farmshed matters to you using the hashtag #FarmshedWinterDrive17

Support or become a fundraiser- currently 8 individual, including members of our Board of Directors and hard core supporters have crafted their own message of why the work of Farmshed is important to them and set a fundraising goal they aim to reach during the campaign.

  • See who’s fundraising and support their campaigns or create your own on the Winter Drive Fundraiser Page linked HERE.
    Become a Fundraiser- help us cover more ground by sharing your story and setting a goal and reaching out to your network to reach it. Just click the Start Fundraising Now button at the top of the Fundraiser Page.

Extended list of proud accomplishments of 2017 that you can refer to help spread the word of our work:

  • 54 days spent at the area farmers markets (Thursdays in Rapids, Saturdays in Point (summer and winter))
    • $5,929 in FoodShare tokens distributed to customers
    • 36 farmers benefitted the EBT/Foodshare program at the Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids Farmers Markets
  • 12 special events held (chef demos, kid’s activities, CSA fair)
    • 13,685 lbs, 3,170 ears, 80 quarts, and 52 pints of product purchased through the Local Food Buying Club
    • $28,239.28 in purchases contracted with 10 participating farms
    • 35 members purchased through the club
  • 6000 Frozen Assets products made
    • 74 Frozen Asset shares sold
    • 1 partnership developed with the Aging and Disability Resource Center’s meal program
  • 45 members of the Growing Collective worked together in the greenhouse
    • 5,252 plants grown and sold
    • $15,365 raised for Farmshed
  • 6 businesses benefited from the resources at our community food center
    • 2 food businesses rent the Community Kitchen in addition to Farmshed’s Frozen Assets & Hand Packed Harvest
    • 4 farms used the Greenhouse to raise vegetable starts
  • 400+ volunteer engaged in our work, over 10 programs, between January and August.
    • 3,608 hours contributed
    • 16 interns from UWSP

We hope you will join in this month to help us meet our end of year needs and ensure Farmshed continues to be a vibrant, innovative part of the community.

Warmest regards,

The Farmshed Team

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
12/30/17 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
1/6/18 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
1/13/18 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin