Community Food Systems


Create Your THRIVING Food Business at Virtual 2-Day FEED Summit

UW-Madison Division of Extension Community Food Systems Program is organizing a 2-day virtual summit for Wisconsin food entrepreneurs! The 2022 FEED Summit will be held virtually on November 14th and 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

The Community Food Systems Program’s Food Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (FEED) Initiative is a statewide program that promotes food entrepreneurship training and network development for value-added producers and individuals facing structural barriers to food entrepreneurship.

Extension will kick off the statewide, virtual conference on Monday (Nov 14th) morning at 10 am with a keynote from an exciting Wisconsin entrepreneur – Peter Robertson of RP Pasta and Tribe 9 Foods. Tuesday (Nov 15th) morning at 10 am will start with a keynote from the inspiring owners of the Spring Green-based restaurant named Homecoming – Leah Spicer and Kyle Beach. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the keynotes questions directly in the virtual session! 

Community Food Systems Program Manager Lindsey Day Farnsworth stated: “We’re organizing this conference to maximize participants’ opportunities to connect with and learn from experienced food entrepreneurs and food business development experts on topics ranging from cooperative development to financing to food safety.” 

Breakout sessions will go in-depth into key aspects of a thriving business model, including: Value Propositions, Key Partners, Customer Relationships, Key Resources, Key Activities, Customer Segments, Revenue Streams, Marketing Channels, and Cost Structures. Each session will feature one of Wisconsin’s premier business experts who will introduce an experienced Wisconsin-based food entrepreneur to share examples from their entrepreneurial journey. 

Statewide Food Entrepreneurship Specialist, Jessica Jane Spayde, stated: “We’re using the Business Model Canvas to ground the amazing stories that our Food entrepreneur speakers will share – and to provide business foundations content that is accessible to Wisconsin’s aspiring food entrepreneurs.”  

These business model sessions will help entrepreneurs better understand how to utilize the “Business Model Canvas” framework to improve their business model while providing a useful structure for the virtual conference sessions. Each breakout session includes time for summit participants to ask the speakers questions. 

Early bird registration starts at $45 for participants and at $65 for Exhibitors. All are welcome to this learning, connecting, and promotional space to help your food business THRIVE!

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A limited number of scholarships are available upon request. For additional information about the FEED Summit email Extension Community Food Systems Food Entrepreneurship Specialist Jessica Jane Spayde at

Working with community organizations, tribal partners and local governments to promote community food systems development.

Farmland Protection

The Town of Greenville Land Stewardship Committee, the American Farmland Trust and Extension is working in partnership in moving a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program forward within Greenville’s Agricultural Enterprise Area. 


Expanding Farmland Access

Extension is working with the American Farmland Trust to get a better understanding of farmland access needs of farmers of color. The  Farmland Access Coalition that aims to collaboratively address farmland access and inequities for African American, Latino, Asian, & Indigenous farmers, hereon collectively referred to as farmers of color. At this stage, we are collecting information on various land access needs which we hope will result in providing some tangible solutions for individual farmers of color and organizations across Wisconsin.

The Farmland Access Coalition will:

  • Use the information to see where work is being done
  • Assess farmland needs with farmers of color
  • Expand our working group 

*** If you are a farmer of color or work for an organization that address farmland access – please contact our Community Development Educator ***

Community Gardens Fox Valley-Oshkosh Area Survey

UW-Madison Division of Extension for Outagamie and Winnebago counties are collecting information and are mapping out community gardens in the greater Fox Valley-Oshkosh area. This is the ever-growing map of gardens available to the public.

Map Viewing Tip: to view the gardens as a list, click on the “list icon” at the bottom of the map page). 

Do you wish to add a community garden to the map or need to change any existing information? Please contact Extension Outagamie County: (920) 832-5121 or Extension Winnebago County: (920) 232-1970 or simply fill out this form. 

Extension is striving to provide the most up-to-date information available on voluntarily participating community gardens in the greater Fox Valley – Oshkosh area. However, Extension is not providing any community garden coordination services – please use contact information provided for the mapped community garden. 


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