Buy Local Buy Wisconsin
December 1, 2010
Local food has been a great market for many Wisconsin farmers, but there are barriers to scaling up local food to reach more people.
Michael Fields led the efforts that created the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) program, Wisconsin’s first statewide program supporting local foods. This program was created to help overcome those barriers facing regional food systems such as market access, supply and distribution problems, geographic distance from major markets, and institutional purchasing barriers. Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin offers technical information on accessing local markets as well as competitive grants for projects seeking to connect Wisconsin producers with Wisconsin consumers.
This program has proven itself to be effective and needed, creating millions of dollars of new sales for Wisconsin farmers. Despite this, its funding has been repeatedly cut. If you care about expanding local food in Wisconsin, sign up for the Fields Report and receive updates on this important program.
If you would like to read more about the program, go here.