If you missed Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light's first webinar series on the intersections of faith, food, and climate, the series was recorded and is available for your review.
Food, Faith and Farming Network co-sponsored the series and participated in the panel on April 20. The session on April 6 included a presentation on communal gardens for congregations which is a new focus for the Network.
The series was well attending from a variety of faith traditions and locations throughout the state and supported the audience in responding faithfully to the ongoing climate emergency.
For additional information on the series, please contact Peter Bakken, Statewide Coordinator, Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light, email@example.com.
Our 2019-2020 Winter Farmers Markets and Meals season was a great success thanks to you, our congregation partners, our vendors and our shopping and dining participants. We sponsored nine markets in the Milwaukee/Waukesha County area. We saw an increase in vendor sales and were delighted with the enthusiam and energy of our host congregations and their coordinators. Click on this link to see our 2019-2020 schedule.
We had ten markets scheduled for our 2020-2021 season. Due to our current health crisis, we have suspended in-person markets and brunches for the 2020-21 season. We want to ensure the safety of both our vendors and our host congregations. Our vendors have modified their business practices to adhere to best practices during the pandemic and our host congregations have each adapted to new ways to best serve their congregants and adhere to public health guidelines.
Our priorities have always been to support our local farmers and producers, and to educate the congregations and communities we work with regarding the importance of buying locally sourced and sustainably grown products. We hope to present online educational events in collaboration with our congregations. We are extremely grateful for your past support. We look forward to seeing you at the markets and meals in the 2021-22 season.
In the meantime, please continue to support our loyal vendors by placing direct orders. A listing can be found on our Programs page.
If you have any questions, contact our Milwaukee Area Winter Farmers Market Coordinator, Lynn Parkhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to announce the recipients of our 2021 Seed Money funding. We were pleased with the number and quality of applications we received this year and were sorry we couldn't fund them all. We are impressed with the variety, creativity and energy behind the projects we are supporting and think you will be too. You can find short descriptions of this year's recipients on our Programs page.
A little background on our Seed Money Initiative: In early 2018, Food, Faith and Farming Network held a series of listening/networking sessions with farmers and community members in Southwestern 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 in 2019 and 2020 can also be found on our Programs page.
We are grateful to all who are working in Southwestern Wisconsin to support our farmers and build vibrant rural communities.