Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development
Please note that this page is under construction and should be updated in September 2012.
In Western Wisconsin there is a strong push to develop a more robust local/regional food system for economic development as well as for environmental and health reasons. There are many reasons to buy locally grown food. You'll get exceptional taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support family farms, safeguard your family's health, and protect the environment.
The UWEC Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development (CVCERD) is conducting an applied local food research project. The intent of the project is to document the degree to which local food is produced and consumed in Western Wisconsin. In addition, we seek to contribute to existing efforts aimed at increasing local food purchasing and consumption in the region. This project will provide basic data and information as well as research analysis and outreach to support and tie together these efforts.
In order to characterize local food production and consumption in Western Wisconsin the CVCERD has conducted surveys of colleges and school districts. We believe that investigating farm to college and farm to school programs is a good beginning to characterizing the local food landscape in the region.
We are currently conducting an online survey of households for the same purpose. Our future plans include surveying local farmers' markets, institutions (hospitals, nursing homes, etc), restaurants and most importantly farmers regarding food consumption and production. We ultimately view this research as a way to draw attention to local/regional agriculture and food systems as an important form of economic development.
For more information on this project please contact Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin Farm-to-College Surveys
College Survey: Purchase some local food products (pdf)
College Survey: Do not purchase any local food products (pdf)
Report (Spring 2008): Food Purchasing of Wisconsin Colleges: Local or Not? (pdf)
Western Wisconsin Farm-to-School Surveys
School District Survey: Purchase some local food products (pdf)
School District Survey: Do not purchase any local food products (pdf)
Report (Spring 2008): Food Purchasing of Western Wisconsin School Districts: Local or Not? (pdf)
Western Wisconsin Household Food Purchasing Survey
Local Food Purchasing Presentation - Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture Conference (November 2008) (ppt)
Local Food Purchasing Presentation - Menu for the Future (December 2008) (ppt)
Report (Spring 2009): A Survey of Local Food Purchasing by Chippewa Valley Households (pdf)
Eau Claire Restaurant Surveys
Report (Spring 2009): A Survey of Local Food Purchasing by Eau Claire Restaurants (pdf)
Finding Food In Northwest Wisconsin
A Report Prepared By The Crossroads Resource Center
Local Food System Indicators For Wisconsin
This indicators matrix is intended to provide a useful set of indicators for those interested in better understanding the growth and development of local food systems in Wisconsin. In addition to a set of potential indicators the matrix includes a set of organizations and local food initiatives that may be able to help gather and share the data required for tracking the indicators listed.
Matrix Spreadsheet (xls)
Poster III (January 2008): Wisconsin Local Food Summit (pdf)
Poster I (April 2008): UWEC/UW Student Research Day (pdf)
Poster II (April 2008): UW/UWEC Student Research Day (pdf)
Corey Hilber at UWEC Student Research Day (April 2008) (jpg)
Foodlums & Professors at Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture Conference (November 2008) (jpg)
UWEC Local Foods Week Schedule (April 2008) (pdf)
Dulany Local Food Buffet Menu (April 2008) (pdf)
Dulany Local Food Buffet Picture (April 2008) (jpg)
Free Foodlums Local Food Sampling (April 2008) (pdf)
Ken Meter presentation during UWEC Local Foods Week UWEC (wmv)
Dulany Local Food Buffet Menus (April 2009) (pdf)
Dulany Local Food Buffet Pictures (April 2009) (jpg)
Links To More Local Food Resources and Information
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Links To More Local Food Research
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