Everyone deserves to eat healthy and delicious food
Central Rivers Farmshed’s mission is to grow a resilient local food community.
Farmshed celebrates all aspects of locally grown food. We believe everyone deserves to eat healthy and delicious food, and we envision a bustling community of farmers, entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations and impassioned eaters.
As a result of our work we hope to see more flourishing family and cooperatively owned farms, as well as more community members accessing and enjoying locally grown food.
- 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
What We Do
We connect our community with family and cooperatively owned farms committed to growing in ways that protect our earth, water, and land. We are a resource to consumers looking for more local options and for businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations working to use locally grown ingredients. Our members and volunteers are committed to putting Central Wisconsin’s delicious and healthy local food on the map.
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.