Obesity in Milwaukee

The numbers aren’t great, with 37.2 percent of Milwaukee residents considered obese in 2014. That’s up 8 percent from 2011, according to research from the Public Policy Forum, spearheaded by Chris Spahr, the Forum’s 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Milwaukee Center for Independence hosted the Forward Forum to bring an inspiring mix of organizations together to react to Spahr’s research. Participants had the opportunity to discuss existing roadblocks as well as solutions to address obesity—specifically childhood obesity. Among …

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Champions for School Gardens

Everyone Can Help!

Kids at the Neighborhood House Garden water endangered vegetables from the Ark of Taste catalog.

Consumption of vegetables by children has declined over the last decade. Between 2007 and 2010, 90 percent of children ages 2 to 18 did not eat the recommended amount of veggies. Today, one in six children are considered obese, with food environments, food marketing, and education cited as contributing factors.

Now for some good news: School gardens and farm-to-school efforts are on the rise. Between 2006 and 2012, there …

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A Salute to the Pimento

A Salute to the Pimento

Meet the 2016 Ark of Taste Kit Veggies!

The Wellspring Seedling Sale will be held from 10am to 2pm May 14, 2016.

 

Every year, Slow Food WiSE selects six varieties from an endangered seed catalog, called the Ark of Taste, to package for home gardeners. Growing these heirloom veggies in your garden puts our community one plant closer to protecting rare and delicious flavors.

New to this year’s selection is the Sheepnose Pimento—a pepper that’s primed for cooking, canning, stuffing, and partnering with cheese.

It’s meaty, it’s sweet, and …

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Contemplating the Meaning of Slow Food

Contemplating the Meaning of Slow Food

Read what UW student Maia Persche had to say about the 2015 Slow Food Midwest Conference held in Chicago.

2015 Slow Food Midwest Conference

By Maia Persche

This October, Slow Food delegates from chapters across the Midwest came together in Chicago for a regional conference. I was one of four students from the campus chapter at UW-Madison who attended, and learning about the wider world of slow food was inspiring. I think I can speak for all of the slow food chapters present when I say that …

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United by Slow Food Conference

United by Slow Food Conference

Read what UW student Annaleigh Wetzel had to say about the 2015 Slow Food Midwest Conference held in Chicago.

2015 Slow Food Midwest Conference

By Annaleigh Wetzel

As we made our way onto the bright yellow school bus that would serve as our transportation for the weekend, Slow Food leaders from around the Midwest grinned at one another, inviting conversation and camaraderie. When we gathered together at the #SlowFoodMidwest conference, it felt like the first day of school all over again. The excitement my three fellow Slow …

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Fast Gifts, Slow Cheese

Fast Gifts, Slow Cheese

Need a last-minute gift idea? When in doubt, just say cheese. And local live music… Throw in a craft brew or two and call it the best 2nd and Bruce Street gift around. Our friends at Clock Shadow Creamy in Walker’s Point are offering this eventful and tasty holiday package, which includes:

2 vouchers for a tour at Central Standard &
Milwaukee Brewing Co.

2 vouchers for a concert at Anodyne Coffee

2 vouchers for a cheese tour at Clock Shadow Creamery (plus a …

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Farmers’ Markets for All!

Do you believe everyone has a right to fresh, local food? Registered Dietitian Jennifer Casey does. As the Upper Midwest Regional Governor for Slow Food and Communications Director at Fondy Food Center, Casey is working to increase accessibility to farmers’ markets across Milwaukee’s diverse communities.

As a result, Fondy Food Center recently announced a new partnership with the Milwaukee County Winter Farmer’s Market (MCWFM) that will help Fondy continue to provide equal access to fresh food.

“At first, long time shoppers and fans of the MCWFM won’t …

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Last Call for Ground Cherries!

There’s a little window that stretches from late September to mid-October that offers the best time for farmers’ market goers. It’s when summer meets fall. Signs for just-picked tomatoes perched next to new varieties of acorn squash; sweet bell peppers mingling with sugar pie pumpkins; honeycrisp apples by the bag are sold next to Brussels sprouts by the stalk. It’s last call for summer, first call for fall.

But as the leaves begin to turn from green to gold along our crisp Packer countryside, let’s not forget about …

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Think It’s COOL To Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

COOL, or Country of Origin Labeling, tells you just that. Or at least it used to …

“We’ve been here all along, proudly producing the food we all eat,” says Terry Groth, owner of Farm 45 in Jackson, WI.

On June 11, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the law requiring country of origin labels on beef, poultry and pork. If passed, consumers won’t know what country their meat came from. “Next it will move onto the Senate and most likely pass to appease …

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Growing Power $7 Benefit Show

What can you do for $7 on a Friday night? How do three of your favorite Milwaukee bands performing live at the Cactus Club in Bay View sound? Mark your calendar: July 3rd, 8 p.m.

Local bands perform live at the Cactus Club on July 3rd to support Growing Power.

It’s a trio of psychedelic rock, folk and alternative country as The Fatty Acids, Ladders, and Heavy Leaves take the stage in the best kind of benefit show, the kind where you get to kick back …

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