Tune in to WSUM (http://www.wsum.org) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9 at 1pm to hear some Wisconsin Young Farmers being interviewed for the program Food: Beyond the Shelf.
The bonfire at Equinox Community Farm is being postponed due to weather concerns!
But never fear! We’ve rescheduled. The event will take place on Saturday, March 30 instead. Same time same place.
Hope to see you there!
A Wisconsin Food System Council is in the process of being born!
They are looking for feedback from stakeholders. As young farmers, we are important stakeholders! Visit their website (http://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/), read their White Paper, fill out a short survey. Be a voice for state policy that supports young and beginning farmers!
Don’t forget! We are having a potluck next week (Thursday the 7th) on the east side of Madison, in which we will eat delicious food and meet other young farmers and discuss the selection of seeds for the coming season. All are welcome–young, young-at-heart, current farmers, aspiring farmers, community gardeners, young farmer supporters, etc.
For more info and to RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/101659153351749/
We hope to see you Thursday!
Nice article about the USDA’s new microloan program, and how it can help beginning farmers.
“To help support young and beginning farmers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launched a new microloan program designed to help small and family operations, including beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, secure loans under $35,000. To appeal to this target demographic, the program offers an online application, a 1.5% interest rate, and flexible eligibility requirements.”
Read more here:
Attending the MOSES conference in La Crosse this weekend? Lots of Wisconsin Young Farmers will be there, too. You’ll find us at the many workshops and events put on by New Organic Stewards. We also will be at one of the “networking tables” on Friday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Come introduce yourself and chat with us!
Hey, Madison-area farmers! You are a wealth of food and farming-related knowledge and skills. Madison Food Camp is an opportunity for you to share some of those skills in a friendly, peer-to-peer setting. Run by Slow Food Madison, it’s a one-day (April 13) DIY skill-sharing event for all things food-related. They are looking for people to present, so think about a skill you might like to share (and at least think about attending!).
More info at their website: http://www.madisonfoodcamp.org/