2009 Notes – Central Region

Feb. 2009. This is a draft of the notes from the Central region conversations during the working session on Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Wisconsin Local Food Summit.

Accomplishments we’re proud of!

Retail independent
o Buy Local
o Co-op
o Farmers Market
People
o Farmshed
o Commitment to Farmers
Entrepreneurial Spirit
Ethnic Diversity

o Amish
o Hmong
o Ho Chunk
Food Production
o Central Cranberry
o Organic Development
o Vegetable
o Dairy
o Del Monte
Education
o MREA and Renew the Earth
o UW Stevens Point
o Tech
o Farmer Incubator Project
FarmShed
o People
o Linking/Network
Industry
o Ag
o Medical
o Printing
o Paper
Local Projects
o Farm Fresh
o UWSP Campus Garden
Professional Networking
Recreation
o Cultural
o Forestry
Land, Soil, Water Resources
o Awareness
o Environmental
Grazing Network
o Grazing Lands
o Grazing Specialists

2009 To Do List

Develop Networking Cluster
o Nick, FarmShed
o Buyers Guide, Rude
o Kris § Sustain/Expand/Incorp/Recruit Farmers Communicate
Randy
Holly-Develop Effective Networks
Eric-Community Awareness
Social Calendar
Events
Wiki

o Sub categories, Communication, Local WWOOF
Holly
· Define Distribution Challenges
Nick-Develop/Improve Distribution/Alternative
· Benchmark Best Practices (out of region)
· GreenLeaf Market
Dave
· Need an organized program
· Legislative Action
Mike
Stephen
Brian

Jasia
· Political Organization – PAC
Stephen
· Emergency Mgt Strategy
Judith
· Food
· Energy production, regulation
· Distribution
· Communication
· Local municipality involvement