It’s so amazing to be living here in Wisconsin. We have a conservative state legislature that passed a bill watering down environmental protections in favor of an out-of-state mining operation that wants to open a strip mine in one of the most ecologically pristine areas in the state. We have acre upon acre of GE corn and soy growing every year.
On the other hand, we have this:
The Fifth Season Cooperative, founded in August 2010, is co-owned by farmers, distributors, buyers, producer groups, workers and processors within a 150-mile radius of Viroqua. The cooperative produces and distributes locally grown produce, meats, dairy and value-added food products to institutional and foodservice buyers from farms and regional processors through its distribution member, Reinhart FoodService. Fifth Season requires sustainable practices and provides fair pricing for small and mid-sized growers and processors. The cooperative also works together with businesses and organizations to provide education on and increased exposure to locally produced foods. Current membership includes 30 independent farms, three farmer cooperatives, 11 processors and two distributors. Hundreds of foodservice buyers have access to Fifth Season’s products through Reinhart, La Crosse. Continue reading