From July 11-13, Wisconsin Farmers Union attended the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma, WI. The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.
WFU had three exhibitor booths: a general info booth, a “Wheel of Farming” trivia game in the Youth Tent and, for the first time in the event’s history, a booth featuring Community Supported Agriculture in Farm Tech Days’ Innovation Square.
“We were excited to be part of the Innovation Square at this year's Farm Technology Days,” said WFU Special Projects Coordinator Sarah Lloyd. “The CSA model is an innovation for farmers and eaters, to build direct social and economic relationships. Hats off to the organizers of the event for creating space for the broad diversity of Wisconsin agriculture. Wisconsin has a great opportunity by supporting the diversity of agricultural systems and markets.”
Though CSA has been around for several decades, it’s still considered relatively new and often overlooked in the larger realm of US agriculture. Wisconsin Farmers Union is proud to not only recognize this type of agriculture, but also raise awareness of it as a viable option for direct market food production.
Wisconsin Farmers Union is gearing up for its next biennial Midwest CSA Conference, happening December 7-8, 2017 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The conference is a gathering of CSA farmers and those perhaps considering CSA to come together and learn together and share. It will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities.