Community Food Systems

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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]

New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

The complex relationships between poverty and health outcomes are well-documented, and promoting access to healthier foods in rural areas may help mitigate the poverty-health relationship. Many complexities in the causes of health outcomes are yet to be understood, however, including the effects of food access in rural areas on poverty and health. Rural Poverty, Food […]

Business Feasibility: A First Cut Analysis

This workbook was designed to help value-added agricultural entrepreneurs conduct a preliminary analysis of their business idea.  It helps answer the questions whether the business make sense for them personally and whether there is a sufficient market to support the business.  Case studies are included to help guide users through the feasibility process.  Although developed […]

A Look at the Data: Food Systems & Public Health

On July 22 UW- Extension State Specialists Amber Canto (Poverty & Food Security Specialist) and Laura Brown (Community Development Specialist) traveled to Charleston for the Annual Community Development Society conference to present “Connections and Opportunities in the Midwest Regional Food System: Using Secondary Data to Identify links between Public Health and Food Systems,” a project […]

Webinar Intro to North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal – Feb 11, 2013

  WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT  Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal Laura Brown and Anna Haines (University of Wisconsin)   February 11, 2013 (Monday)  1:00 PM – Eastern Time http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd About the webinar: The Food Systems Profile Portal Project was driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic […]

State of the Plate – From Production to Public Health

This month CCED’s Laura Brown partnered with Family Living Specialist Amber Canto to present the “State of the Plate: Wisconsin’s food system from production to consumption” at the Wisconsin Local Food Network Annual Summit in Ashland, Wisconsin.  The presentation provides an overview of effective use of data in community education and highlights data available through […]