Community Food Systems

Variety of vegetables at a WI Farmers Market

Extension promotes community food systems development through research, educational programming and project support. We collaborate with community organizations, tribal partners and local governments across Wisconsin.

A community food system integrates culturally responsive food production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal to enhance the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of a particular place.

Our program plan is evolving. Please contact us with your research and education needs.

Resources for the COVID-19 Emergency

Programming and Resources

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Urban Agriculture

We support a variety of community food production activities, including market gardens, community gardens and bee-keeping.

Explore our resources >

Learn about beekeeping >

Native corn

Food Sovereignty 

We support communities’ right to shape their own food systems and access healthy, culturally appropriate food.

Learn more about our partnership with Wisconsin’s Tribal Nations >

Connect with the First Nations Development Institute >

Workers in a small scale kitchen

Food Business Innovation Network

We provide educational resources for aspiring food processors and business incubators.

Learn more about Food BIN >

Create Thriving Local Economies >

UW Center for Cooperatives >

UW Food Safety and Health >

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Equity in the Food System

We support research and programming that address disparities and promote dignity and justice across the food system.

Learn more about creating equitable food systems >

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about our efforts to provide resilient, equitable and regenerative food systems across Wisconsin? We’d like to work with you.

Lindsey Day Farnsworth

Erin Peot

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