If you are a Columbia County-based local food grower, producer, farmers market, community garden manager and/or a CSA owner and would like to be listed, please contact the Columbia County UW-Extension Office, Kathleen Haas, 608.742.9683 or Kathleen.email@example.com.
Community gardens are projects on shared open spaces where participants from the community share in the maintenance and products of the garden, including healthful and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.
Gardens may offer health benefits by providing opportunities to:
- Eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables
- Engage in physical activity, skill building, and creating green spaces
- Revitalize communities in industrial areas to work together
Communtiy Supported Agriculture (CSA)Why belong to a CSA?
- Introduces new and unique varieties of vegetables that may not be widely available, thus increasing healthy eating and cooking
- Provides members an opportunity to take an active and ecologically friendly role in the production and distribution of high-quality organic produce
Farm to School (F2S)Farm to School program brings:
- Fresh, local, sustainably produced food to children
- Establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable practices\
- Provides hands-on education in classrooms
Retail markets featuring foods sold directly to the consumer by the farmer. Farmers markets consist of tables, booths or stands indoor or outdoor and the products being sold consist of:
- Fruits and vegetables
- and many more!
Local Food Growers & Producers
The food Industry includes:
- Agriculture: raising of fruits and vegetables, livestock and seafood
- Food processing: preparation of fresh products for market, and manufacture of prepared food produce
- Wholesale and distribution, warehousing
- Grocery, farmers markets, public markets and retailing
- Regulation: local, regional, national, and international rules and regulations for food production and sale, including food quality, food security, food safety
Columbia County has access to many local producers who provide a variety of fresh items.
Produce Auction & Food Hub
Wholesale produce auctions are supplied with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and bedding plants by local growers. Food Hubs are an exciting business opportunity for growers and consumers. The Hub makes it easy for the retail, institutional and food service sectors to buy locally.
Local Food Resources
Farm to School Resources (F2S)
- UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Resources (CIAS): http://www.cias.wisc.edu/category/farm-to-school/ Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits (for school nutrition programs and local food producers) can help you crate a successful farm to school program in your community. http://www.cias.wisc.edu/toolkits/
- WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) F2S: F2S Newsletters, access to an interactive WI F2S map and information on the AmeriCorps Farm to School Program. Contact WI Farm to School Program Director, 608.224.5046 or http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Buy_Local_Buy_Wisconsin/Farm_to_School_Program/
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Farm to School: Information F2S grants, food safety, school gardens and more: http://dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/f2s
- REAP Food Group publishes the South Central Local Food Atlas, directory of local food producers. It also coordinates Madison’s F2S program. http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/farm-to-school
- UW-Extension Local Food interactive map of Wisconsin Food Processing Facilities: List of kitchen and co-packing facilities with contact information. http://fyi.uwex.edu/foodbin/the-food-bin-network/