Gifts of Gratitude 2019
A Message From Executive Director Jenny Riggenbach
It has been almost two months since I took on my new role with Farmshed, and I continue to be amazed and grateful for everything our amazing staff, local farmers, and community of volunteers does to celebrate and grow our local food community.
What started as a committed group of people with an idea, has grown into a thriving local-food community. Over the past 12 years, Farmshed has become an important collaborator and instigator, that has realized the fun ways you can connect with local farmers and the food they grow. This year alone, the Farm Fresh Atlas, Local Food Fair, Frozen Assets, and Community Kitchen connected over 2,000 people and businesses with our local farmers. Programs like the Growing Collective and Community Potluck, as well as partnerships with UWSP, Mid-State Technical College, and community organizations, contributed over 7,000 volunteer hours. They worked to teach people how to grow and enjoy local food and keep our historic greenhouse and community kitchen alive with activity.
We hope you consider a gift to Farmshed during our Gifts of Gratitude Campaign. A gift from you will help us not only continue these favorite programs and maintain our historic building, but expand our efforts in new ways. I’m thrilled to share that this year, a generous group of donors has committed to making your gift go even further. This group will match every dollar you give, up to a total contribution of $15,000, through the end of the year.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the Farmshed community, including each and every farmer who works to grow and harvest food responsibly, and every person who walks through our doors looking for ways to eat and enjoy local food. As you consider an end of year gift to Farmshed, we hope you will share what you are grateful for with your ideas for what Farmshed can become in the future. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of your stories, because together, we create a community that’s aimed at growing and nurturing a thriving local food system.
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