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Explore the Madison area food system and farm to institution landscape through a number of exciting field trips to farms, youth gardens, kitchen facilities, hospitals and more. These half and full day trips led by local experts will bring you closer to the local food efforts powering the Wisconsin community and beyond.

All field trips will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016, and are an additional registration cost. Read about each field trip below!

 

FIELD TRIP LOGISTICS

Trip specific information will be emailed to attendees before the conference with important information about site regulations, which needs to be adhered to. Please be on the lookout for this important information.

All field trip attendees should complete conference check-in upon arrival at Monona Terrace, at the conference registration desk. Field trips will be departing from the 4th floor of the parking ramp near registration. Check in at your bus prior to the Meet & Depart time listed in the conference guide, which is generally 15 minutes before bus departure.  Departure times will be strictly adhered to. (If you are meeting your group at a field trip site, make sure you have communicated that to conference staff.) Full day trips will include a lunch, two snacks, and bottled water; Half day trips will include bottled water and a snack. Dietary considerations will be honored for lunches, however snacks may not meet your needs; plan accordingly. Personal water bottles are also encouraged. Some sites may have items for purchase if you would like to bring additional spending money.

It is strongly recommended that you be prepared for Wisconsin weather. The long standing joke here is that if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes. Temperatures in June are typically in the mid-70’s with low humidity, however can vary greatly from day to day and hour to hour. Pack light rainwear, bug spray, and sunscreen, wearing extra layers, comfortable shoes, and a hat.


FIELD TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

Farm to School Goes to College 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Half day – morning
$50 – Morning snacks, coffee and local lunch provided by Slow Food UW

Enjoy a series of stops on the beautiful University of Wisconsin flagship campus that highlight how farm to school can extend beyond the K-12 setting. Participants will tour the Slow Food @ UW kitchen and enjoy breakfast over a panel discussion with college and university food service professionals about sourcing local food to college dining halls.

The group will then visit the student farm at Eagle Heights Community Garden, run by F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture. Get your hands dirty working and learning about their on-campus activities including the farm, workshops and outreach within the campus community. Slow Food UW will provide delicious locally sourced lunch for a picnic on the farm. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Lead by:
Slow Food UW
FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture

 


Aquaponics to Increase Access to Fresh Produce 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Full day
$75 – includes traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry Lunch featuring fresh tilapia and greens grown at the Nelson and Pade facility

Visit Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, The Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics® and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Aquaponics Innovation Center to learn more about how aquaponic farms partner with K-12 schools and community meal programs to ensure year-round access to fresh produce…even in snowy Wisconsin. Field trip will include an introduction to aquaponics as a food production system and educational tool,  a tour of the Nelson and Pade facility, including the commercial scale and home-scale aquaponics systems, and a tour of the adjacent UW-Stevens Point Aquaponics Innovation Center, a first-of-its-kind applied research and education center.

During a short workshop on “integrating aquaponics into the curriculum,” attendees will learn the different ways aquaponics systems can be used to teach different subjects, how to integrate with curriculum standards and how to incorporate into school meals. Afternoon panels will focus on food service staff who grow and/or source local, aquaponically grown food items, and educators who use aquaponics as a teaching tool.

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Target audience: Food service professionals interested in incorporating aquaponically grown food items in their menus, those interested in growing their own products in aquaponic systems for cafeteria sites, educators interested in including aquaponics systems and students. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Confirmed locations:
Nelson and Pade, Inc.®
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Aquaponics Innovation Center

 


 

Explore the Dairy State

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Full day
$50 – lunch provided by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Explore the deep roots of dairy in Wisconsin as you travel through bucolic southern Wisconsin, just minutes outside of the state capitol. Travel to farms and processors who bring delicious milk, cheese and other dairy products to the public and institutional markets. In this field trip, participants will visit a cheese-maker and two iconic Wisconsin dairy farms. A panel discussion will help stimulate engaging conversation about the important role of dairy to Wisconsin agriculture. And of course, participants will be given the opportunity to savor some delicious local dairy products. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Highlights include:

Sponsored by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
www.eatwisconsincheese.com


 

Take a Stroll with Madison Farm to Cafeteria Partners

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Half day – afternoon
$50

Get to know the Madison farm to institution scene on foot! This field trip begins by learning more about the local food that we will be enjoying throughout the conference. Tour the kitchen facilities and meet with the Monona Terrace food service staff. Stroll along the shores of scenic Lake Monona to a youth garden. Meander past the majestic Capitol building and end the field trip with local food snacks and a conversation with instrumental farm to cafeteria partners. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Confirmed locations:
Monona Catering


 

Healthy Hospitals

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Full day
$75

Learn more about Wisconsin’s farm to hospital efforts in this field trip featuring hospitals making local, healthy foods and sustainable practices a priority. Hear how two healthcare systems are using policy as a tool to increase local foods and reinforce their commitment to the health of patients, families and staff. The Wisconsin Healthy Hospital Community of Practice will also be reviewed. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

 



Growing Community with Youth Gardens 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Half day – afternoon
$50

How can youth gardens grow a community? Through the seeds of partnership. In this field trip, participants will learn about three innovative youth gardens that, through community partnerships, strive to cultivate healthy youth and vibrant communities. Enjoy hands-on youth garden activities at the Goodman Youth Farm, a community nonprofit/school district partnership program that actively involves a diverse population of elementary, middle and high school students in all aspects of growing, harvesting, cooking and donating thousands of pounds of produce. Discover how an agriculture-based middle school and a community center can not only co-exist, but thrive in one 100% green-powered building at Badger Rock. Finally be inspired by the Grow Academy, an innovative juvenile corrections program that through community partnerships provides an agriculturally-based educational curriculum for youth to learn the life, academic and job skills needed to be successful in their community. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Confirmed locations:
Community GroundWorks – Goodman Youth Farm
Badger Rock Middle School


 

Follow the Farm to School Snack 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Half day – morning
$50

REAP Food Group’s Farm to School Snack Program serves 5,500 Madison students a locally-grown fresh fruit or veggie snack every Thursday. Guests will explore the program by touring a nearby farm to school farm, the FEED Kitchens — the shared commercial kitchen facility where the snacks are processed, and the Madison Metropolitan School District Food Production Center, a facility that preps nearly 20,000 school meals/day. REAP Food Group, the local nonprofit running this program, will provide context and guidance as attendees “follow the farm to school snack.” Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Confirmed locations:
Madison Metro School District Food Production Center
Crossroads Community Farm
FEED Kitchens

Organized by REAP Food Group Farm to School Program


 

Growing Healthy Children: A Hands-On Farm to Early Care and Education Experience* 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Half day – morning
$50

Get the full farm to early care and education experience in this interactive field trip. Learn how key partnerships have helped farm to early care and education (ECE) move forward in Wisconsin. We’ll start at Community GroundWorks’ Troy Gardens where we’ll take a tour of the 26-acre urban property, learn from a panel of farm to ECE experts, and try our hand at an early childhood activity. Then we’ll visit Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool to see a farm to ECE program in action. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.

Confirmed locations:
Community GroundWorks – Troy Gardens
Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

*Approved for professional development hours through The Wisconsin Registry.


 

Empowering Youth through Local Foods

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Full day
$75

Milwaukee has a vibrant local food system filled with dedicated, creative change-makers.  This field trip will explore several programs where youth are growing their own food and creating a socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all. Programs include a Youth Food Council, a youth garden-based mentor program that cultivates the leaders of tomorrow through the production of healthy foods, and a youth farm stand where budding entrepreneurs harvest, market, and sell their produce. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.



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 A Day with Growing Power 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Full day: 7:30am departure – 4:30pm (return to Monona)
Onsite hours are 9:00am – 3:00pm
$100 – snacks and lunch included

Full day workshop exploring practices and principles at use at Growing Power in Milwaukee. Participants will spend the morning touring the Growing Power facilities, including aquaponics, gardens, livestock and compost areas. A buffet lunch will be provided on site by Growing Power’s own chef. The activity-based afternoon will include activities around the Growing Power Urban Farm, including vermicomposting, growing micro greens, mushrooms and aquaponics. Participants will also learn about the partnerships that Growing Power has built with local businesses to grow and process produce. Visit the electronic program guide for current details.