Everyone deserves to eat healthy and delicious food
Farmshed’s mission is to grow a resilient local food economy.
We partner with family and cooperatively owned farms and local food businesses throughout the region to:
- Ensure everyone in our community can choose healthy and delicious food.
- Provide fun ways to enjoy food grown in central Wisconsin throughout the year.
- Demonstrate growing practices that are good for our water and soil.
- Launch new businesses, and encourage all businesses to source ingredients locally.
Our goals are two-fold:
1) Expand our programs to ensure everyone in our community can choose healthy locally grown food.
2) Ensure more farm-to-table farms and small food based businesses thrive in central Wisconsin.
- Agricultural heritage
- Equitable access to delicious, healthy, fresh, locally grown food
- Farming practices that mitigate climate change, protect our soil, water, and air, and promote healthy lives
- Fair compensation for meaningful work
- A community that shares its skills and talent
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. These 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 each Friday. These volunteers launched some of our favorite programs and events including our Chef on the Square Demos, the Local Food Fair, trainings and workshops, and the Farm Fresh Atlas of Central Wisconsin.
We have accomplished amazing things in 2020, including:
- Distributed over 7,000 lbs of local food into food bank programs
- Prepared and delivered 4,000 meals to Hmong elders
- Purchased $35,000 of food from local farms and businesses
- Supported launching 3 new business ventures
- Supported 3 farms by being a CSA drop spot