Farmshed Announces Winter Fundraising Drive
For the City Times
Submitted by Jackie Mather
STEVENS POINT — Local Farm Advocacy Group, Central Rivers Farmshed, has kicked off its 2017 Winter Fund Drive.
The drive will continue through Dec. 31, and hopes to raise $20,000 for the non-profit organization. Since it first formed ten years ago, Farmshed has worked to provide support and information to farmers and consumers regarding the benefits of healthy local food systems.
The group points to their many accomplishments, which include raising over $24,000 for local farms and producers via their Local Food Tastes Great Fundraiser, publication of the Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas (an annual pamphlet connecting consumers to farms, farm markets, local food restaurants, and like-minded businesses in the area), and a number of small businesses incubating through their commercial kitchen facility.
Additionally they recently announced a partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), to serve local produce in their meals. Donations to the organization can be made at their website, www.farmshed.org , or at their office at 1220 Briggs Court in Stevens Point.
2017 Accomplishment Stats of Central Rivers Farmshed
● 54 days spent at the area farmers markets (Thursdays in Rapids, Saturdays
in Point (summer and winter)
o $5,929 in FoodShare tokens distributed to customers
o 36 farmers benefited the EBT/Foodshare program at the Stevens
Point and Wisconsin Rapids Farmers Markets
o 12 special events held (chef demos, kid’s activities, CSA fair)
● 13,685 pounds, 80 quarts, and 52 pints of product purchased through the
Local Food Buying Club
o $28,239.28 in purchases contracted with ten participating farms
o 35 members purchased through the club
● 6000 Frozen Assets products made
o 74 Frozen Asset shares sold
o One partnership developed with the Aging and Disability Resource
Center’s meal program
● 45 members of the Growing Collective worked together in the greenhouse
with 5,252 plants grown and sold, resulting in $15,365 raised for Farmshed
● Six businesses benefited from the resources at our community food center
o Two food businesses rent the Community Kitchen in addition to
Farmshed’s Frozen Assets & Hand Packed Harvest
● Four farms used the Greenhouse to raise vegetable starts
● 400+ volunteer engaged in our work, over ten programs, between January
● 3,608 hours contributed
● 16 interns from UWSP
For more information, check out http://www.farmshed.org/give/2017-winter-drive/