We are proud to announce we are reaching out to strengthen our connections in rural and urban communities of Southeastern Wisconsin through our "Fostering Rural/Urban Connections in Southeastern Wisconsin" project. To achieve those connections, we are hosting five Listening/Networking Sessions of farmers, food producers, food advocates, and rural and urban community members.
This project has grown out of the success of our Listening/Networking sessions in Southwestern Wisconsin and is a result of the network we have established in the Milwaukee area through our Winter Farmers Markets.
Our objective is to bring together community members to address four issues: local foods; food security; sustainable farming; and rural/urban connections. We will be asking attendees what they see as significant issues in the four areas just outlined and what they see as solutions to these issues. A simple meal incorporating locally sourced foods will be provided.
Our plan is to develop and disseminate a report on our findings and then provide the opportunity to apply for Seed Money grants for innovative projects that meet the challenges Southeastern Wisconsin faces regarding the four issues listed.
Meetings will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm in the following locations:
Wed., Oct. 19, Siena Dominican Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St.
Tues., Oct. 25, Catholic Ecology Center, W1468 County Rd. NN
Thurs., Oct. 27, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, N8030 Townline Rd.
Tues., Nov. 1, Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Rd. Y
Thurs., Nov. 3, The Table, 5305 W. Capitol Dr.
We invite you to join us and provide your input. Please register here.
Questions? Contact Linda Sheridan, email@example.com
We are grateful to Bader Philanthropies, Inc. for funding these sessions.
This year we once again awarded funds to six new initiatives that extend our mission in Southwestern Wisconsin and address the issues raised in our Rural Listening/Networking Sessions held in 2018.
To see short descriptions of our 2022 Seed Money projects, please click here.
We are grateful to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Compeer Financial and individual contributors for making this initiative possible. And we are grateful for all who are working to support our farmers and build vibrant rural communities in Southwest Wisconsin.
In early 2018, Food, Faith and Farming Network held a series of listening/networking sessions with farmers and community members in Southwest Wisconsin. The sessions resulted in the Network establishing a Seed Money Initiative to support projects that address issues raised in the sessions. The number of projects and total amount of Seed Money distributed has steadily increased, growing from a total of $8,595 given to 6 programs in 2019 to a total of $12,700 to 10 projects in 2021. Descriptions of the projects we have supported since 2019 be found here.
We are grateful to all who are working in Southwest Wisconsin to support our farmers and build vibrant rural communities.
Winter Farmers Markets are in full swing this year in Milwaukee and surrounding Southeast Wisconsin communities. We continue to foster fellowship, support local farmers and producers, and educate congregations on the importance of buying locally sourced and sustainably grown products.
Despite lingering pandemic restrictions, last year's season was a great success! We are grateful to our host congregations for coming up with creative ways to continue to build relationships with our vendors and educate their communities on sustainable practices. And we are thankful for all who participated in and supported our events.
We are excited for the 2022-23 Market Season! Our schedule for the season is filling up quickly. We expect to post it here and on our Facebook page in October.
We look forward to seeing you as you support our vendors and share a farm-to-table meal with your community members.
Interested in hosting a market? Want to know more?
Contact our Winter Farmers Market Coordinator,
Lynn Parkhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Gardening Project continues as we seek out congregations that are interested in starting or upgrading a garden on their property. Master Gardener, Jeff Wild, retired pastor at Madison Christian Community on Madison’s West Side, is volunteering his time to foster the development of congregational gardens with Wisconsin faith communities. The goal of this project is to encourage faith communities to grow healthy produce for congregational members and for the wider community through local food pantries.
Establishing congregational gardens further benefits faith communities as they train and educate congregants in sustainable gardening techniques and deepen their relationships with each other. The hope is that through gardening projects congregants will nurture the relationship between the food they eat and their faith’s calling to care for God’s creation. We also encourage congregations to incorporate the principles learned through gardening into their mission statements.
Jeff Wild has a wealth of experience in developing gardens. He founded the Madison Christian Community Food Pantry Garden early on in his tenure as pastor at Advent Lutheran. The garden continues to grow 5,000 pounds of produce annually to donate to local food pantries.
We are currently working to map gardens grown by faith communities in Wisconsin. If you have a garden in your community, would like to share the story of your congregation's gardening project, or consult with Jeff, contact him at email@example.com. The Food, Faith and Farming Network is offering grants of $100 for a limited time to faith communities starting or upgrading gardens.