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Center for Food in Community & Culture

Harvesting Knowledge

Healthy, sustainable food systems one meal at a time.

As a collaboration between UW-Green Bay faculty and local experts, the Center for Food in Community and Culture seeks to strengthen northeast Wisconsin's local food systems through education, resources and local events.

UW-Green Bay nutrition student teaches community children gardening

Our Mission

The Center encourages, develops, conducts and communicates work that:

  • Integrates multiple disciplines, including nutritional sciences, anthropology, nursing, economics, environmental policy, social work, business administration, education and the arts.
  • Draws upon local knowledge of sustainable food production, distribution and consumption.
  • Relates local food systems and practices to national and global ones.
  • Analyzes the relationship between food systems and the environment, personal and public health, equitable communities and food security.
  • Examines ways to address the immediate needs of people facing malnutrition and hunger.
  • Considers how food systems relate to income and power inequities, including those between rich and poor countries.
  • Considers the significance of culture and aesthetics in shaping food systems and practices.

Be a Locavore

A "locavore" is a person who eats food that's grown and produced in their local area whenever possible. Why is that important? It produces less waste because you're not eating packaged and/or shipped foods, and you support local farmers.

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New Leaf Foods, Inc.

Support the well-being of the people of northeast Wisconsin with programs that educate consumers about healthy food; improve access to healthy food, particularly for underserved populations; and promote local family farms.

Turn a New Leaf

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Wisconsin Local Foods Network

This is a network of individuals and organizations who advocate for affordable access to healthy locally grown food for ALL Wisconsin residents and sustainable farms of all sizes.

Go Local

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Local Farmers Markets

What better way to spend a Saturday than supporting local farmers and artisans? Find farmers markets throughout Wisconsin and access an easy way to become a locavore.

Find a Farmers Market

Laurel Phoenix

Let's Connect

Want to know more about our initiatives? Get in touch with Laurel Phoenix, whose research interests include water, rural planning and resilient communities.

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