Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit

Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit – next Thursday and Friday, March 24-25 at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake, WI

On Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit will create a space for celebrating and connecting local food initiatives led by farmers and other community members, institutions, businesses, and organizations. Anyone with an interest in developing a more just, sustainable food system in the region is encouraged to attend the Summit, which will be held at the UW – Barron County campus in Rice Lake in Ritzinger Hall.

The theme of the event is “Building Community Food Connections,” and nationally recognized keynote speakers Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center and Mark Winne of the Community Food Security Coalition will share their advice and experience with participants on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Their presentations will complement workshops and panel discussions led by local leaders from throughout the region.

Thursday’s schedule begins at 12:30 pm and includes a training on sourcing local foods designed specifically for institutional food service directors and their allies as well as a workshop on organizing for food justice for regional community members. A dinner featuring local foods will begin at 5:00 pm followed by Ken Meter’s “Finding Food in Farm Country” presentation on the regional food economy. A mini film festival beginning at 8:00 pm will close the evening.

Friday’s events run from 8:30 – 4:30 and include six different sessions highlighting local efforts in the areas of “Building Direct Connections,” “Connecting Farms & Businesses/Institutions,” and “Connecting through Community Partnerships.” Mark Winne will deliver his keynote presentation after a local foods lunch starting at 11:30. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will hold a concurrent food safety workshop for producers on Friday as well.

Registration fees are $25 for Thursday only (including dinner) and $35 for Friday (including breakfast and lunch), or $50 for the whole Summit. For more information and a registration brochure, visit the events calendar at or contact Tracey Mofle at 715-790-9177 or The Summit is made possible with funding from Heifer USA with support from West CAP’s Local Foods Program, the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), UW-Barron County, and other organizing partners.



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Nourish Fundraiser

Good Morning Everyone,

If you could, please pass the word to your various circles (ie. list serves, facebook, word of mouth, etc).

The Sheboygan Visual Artists are having their monthly Final Friday art exhibit on March 25th from 6-10p, and have graciously made the event into a fundraiser for NOURISH.  Pottery, jewely, paintings and an assortment of various other art will be for sale.  This month’s theme is “All Things Botanical.”  Their website has more information.  NOURISH will have a table set up with our information, as well as a short presentation to share what we do.  Information about Goodside Grocery will also be available. We hope you can come and enjoy an evening of art, farming, appetizers and refreshements.

The event is free.




Carrie Caselton Lowe

Interim Program Director

NOURISH Farm to Family Philanthropy

P.O. Box 911

Sheboygan WI 53083




Volunteer opportunity

Judy Tauschek, Farmers Market Manager for SCIO, said she would like to let everyone know that volunteers to help with the Summer markets would be very helpful to her.  The volunteeers would help her with education, to answer questions, identify vegetables and how to prepare them, distribute recipes and maybe talk about what’s in season when.  For volunteeers this would not have to be an every week thing but when they could fit it into their schedule on a Wednesday or Saturday, and volunteers would probably only be needed during peak hours, maybe from 9AM to Noon.  Anyone interested would need to Contact Judy at SCIO ( ) – (920) 457-7272  ext. 11.


SALFA Meeting

The next Salfa meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, March 7, at 6 PM at the Weather Center Cafe.  Please be present if you wish this organization to continue.   If you can’t attend but wish to contribute, please reply  to the Salfa website.
After months and months of no more than 5-6 participants at meetings, and sometimes less, several of us have expressed the opinion that we no longer care to attend either.  It may be time to let Salfa dissolve, to devote ourselves individually to local food issues we care about, whether the farmer’s market or Goodside Grocery or whatever.  Perhaps when the time is right another organization will rise to take its place.  We have about $100 or so in our treasury and have talked about donating it to Fred Depies to continue his good work with the Farm Fresh Atlas.

Food for Thought

Sheboygan Area Local Food Alliance Book List – February 2011

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Bittman, Mark

The Food Matters Cookbook

Food Matters

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

How to Cook Everything


Blatt, Harvey

America’s Food: What you don’t know about what you eat


Damerow, Gail

Barnyard in Your Backyard


Ekarius, Carol

Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds

Small-scale Livestock Farming: A Grass Based Approach for Health, Sustainability & Profit


Foer, Jonathan Safran

Eating Animals


Goodman, Myra

The Earthbound Cook


Grescoe, Taras

Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of vanishing Seafood


Hobson, Jeremy and Celia Lewis

Keeping Chickens: The Essential Guide


Kingsolver, Barbara

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life


Lappe, Frances Moore

Diet for a Small Planet


Madison, Deborah

Local Flavors: cooking & eating from America’s farmers markets




Megyesi, Jennifer

The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit


Manning, Ivy

The Farm to Table Cookbook

The Adaptable Feast


O’Brien, Dan

Buffalo for the Broken Heart: restoring life to a Black Hills ranch


Pangman, Judy

Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing your Flock


Pollan, Michael

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Young Reader’s Edition

The Botany of Desire


Salatin, Joel

Salad Bar Beef

The Shear Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front

plus others at –


Silverstone, Alicia

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet


  • A web search for “sustainable food books” will show many other titles.



Americorps – Farm to School

Office of the Secretary 2811 Agriculture Dr., Madison, WI 53718-6777 608/224-5012 FAX 608/224-5034


PARTNER-SITE Contact: Camilla Vargas, 608-224-5017

Ashley Huibregtse, 608-224-5002

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is currently accepting applications for partner-sites to host members for the AmeriCorps Farm to School program. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011.

The AmeriCorps Farm to School program provides an innovative approach to decreasing childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating habits in students K-12 and increasing access to local foods in schools. DATCP manages the program, providing support, technical assistance, and training. AmeriCorps Farm to School has worked with 10 host sites, placed 20 service members throughout the state, and has served over 10,000 Wisconsin students.

A partner-site may be a school, school district, group of schools or districts, non-profit organization, state agency, or university. Partner-sites must specifically outline the school(s) that they will serve and have a letter of support from those schools. In anticipation of receiving funding, new partner-sites would begin on August 15, 2011.

As a partner-site, recipients will receive a minimum of two half-time AmeriCorps members. One member is a community outreach member, serving as a liaison between the schools and the community. The second member is a nutrition education expert, building relationships with teachers and administrators.

Partner-sites must meet the following requirements to be considered:

Assist with the recruitment and hiring of AmeriCorps members

Identify an onsite supervisor

Provide orientation, workspace, and office supplies

Assist to form a local Farm to School Task Force

Contribute $5,000 per full-time member and $1,750 per half-time member as a cash match for the estimated $600,000 annual program cost.

Obtain evaluation forms from students, teachers, and staff including a record of pre and post student knowledge


Priority will be given to sites that outline other non-cash grant matches; provide room and/or board for members; show strong partnerships with school, community, and agriculture members; demonstrate strong supervisor dedication; and offer strong needs documentation.

If you intend to apply, DATCP highly encourages interested applicants to complete a Notice of Intent to Apply by Friday, March 18, 2011. The Notice of Intent to Apply, a one-page form, is not mandatory, but assists DATCP in planning for interested parties.

More information about the AmeriCorps Farm to School program and application materials can be found at, under Business, Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin, AmeriCorps Farm to School Program. For questions, please contact Camilla Vargas, Program Manager, at or 608-224-5017.



Local Food for Global Thought

This Saturday, February 19 from 10 am to 3 pm at Elwood H. May Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Rd., in Sheboygan.  Featuring Sheboygan County’s local food resources. Sample and purchase food (great lunch idea!) from more than 20 local vendors, listen to guest speakers and participate in food activities.  See you there!