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The Community Food System Program promotes thriving, just and resilient place-based food systems. We support community organizations, Tribal partners, local governments, small-scale farms and food businesses, and community gardens. For the statewide UW-Madison Extension Community Food Systems Program and list of events, visit https://foodsystems.extension.wisc.edu/.
What is a community food system?
“A healthy, sustainable food system emphasizes, strengthens, and makes visible the interdependent and inseparable relationships between individual sectors (from production to waste disposal) and characteristics (health-promoting, sustainable, resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent) of the system.” (from Healthy, Sustainable Food System Collaboration, June 2010)
What makes up a community food system?
“A food system includes everything from farm to table. A community food system is a food system in which food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of a particular place.” (from Healthy, Sustainable Food System Collaboration, June 2010)
Meet The Educator
Jess Guffey Calkins (she/her), Community Food Systems Educator
Jess addresses food access and food system sustainability needs by providing and coordinating educational programming, building partnerships, and advancing policy to strengthen the local food system.
Food Policy & Planning– with the Dane County Food Council, a Dane County Board committee working towards an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system.
Food Entrepreneurship & Local Market Development – support and education for food producers and small food-based businesses.