2014-15 Community Partners
From farm to table and back to farm, we bridge the gap between area farmers and folks who are longing for a deeper connection to food and community. For over 20 years, FairShare Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coalition (formerly Madison Area CSA Coalition, MACSAC) has made CSA more accessible by linking people who care about the food they eat to local farmers who grow top-quality food for their local communities. Through education, outreach, community building and resource sharing, FairShare is committed to raising the bar on the quality and accessibility of CSA shares in Southern Wisconsin.
In a typical CSA, members of the farm purchase a share in advance, committing to the farm for the season and helping cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or products throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production. The typical CSA season in Wisconsin runs from the end of May through mid-October. Farms offer a diversity of share options including extended season shares, multiple share types and sizes, and special funds and payment plans to accommodate households on a tight budget. CSA farmers use sustainable and organic methods to produce high quality to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment.
FairShare envisions a future where Community Supported Agriculture is the backbone of a strong local food system; where all families have access to locally produced, organic food, and have strong connection s to their farms, food, and community.
Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) is a nationally recognized and award winning interactive museum whose mission, is to connect children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. MCM is an educational leader, community partner, and source of inspiration for families with children ages 0–12, and serves a vibrant and diverse community, primarily from Dane County, blending both urban and rural backgrounds. The museum serves over 225,000 people of all ages each year through its onsite and outreach offerings.
A national leader in sustainable exhibit and program design, MCM undertakes its work with a decidedly local approach, working with local people, products and resources, and content that highlights the many unique features of Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin in all of its work. This sustainability ethic is core to the museum’s principles, and has distinguished our innovative practices for decades.
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 135 years. The library’s nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days a week (with limited Sunday hours) and welcome over 2.35 million visits each year. Madison Public Library (MPL) is part of the South Central Library System, a cooperative network of 52 public libraries in a seven county area. The System offers a shared online catalog, daily delivery of books and media, and reciprocal borrowing privileges among libraries. In 2011, Madison Public Library welcomed 2.25 million visitors from Madison, Dane County, and beyond, circulated nearly 4.4 million library books and media from nine different library locations throughout Madison, facilitated over 721,400 in-library internet uses, and welcomed almost 90,000 children and adults to library classes and events. Among Wisconsin’s 10 biggest library service areas as defined by the state, Madison topped the rankings of circulation per capita, accumulating more than 4.7 million checkouts in 2010, or 17.82 per resident, according to data from the 2010 fiscal year compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The University of Wisconsin Foundation is the official fundraising and gift-receiving organization for University of Wisconsin-Madison and other donor-designated units of the UW System. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, total gifts received by the Foundation since 1945 now stand at more than $2.41 billion. The University of Wisconsin Foundation engages those who care about the University, provides opportunities to enhance its learning, research and outreach programs, and guarantees ethical stewardship of gifts received.
Great World Texts in Wisconsin (GWT), a program of the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, connects UW faculty with high-school teachers across the state through the shared goal of encouraging high school and university students to read the classic world texts, both ancient and modern. Fall and spring curriculum workshops welcome high school teachers to campus, fostering connections with UW faculty, graduate students, and librarians. High school and college classes participate in these projects throughout the year. Each program culminates in a student conference in the spring. Since its inception, GWT has focused on The God of Small Things, Antigone, 1001 Nights, Things Fall Apart, The Brothers Karamazov, 100 Years of Solitude, Don Quixote, Dante’s Inferno, and Snow. The 2014/15 text will be Confessions by Rousseau.
Established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Humanities Council is supported by federal, state, and private funds. Through its own programs and through grants to other organizations, WHC supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values. A statewide, twenty-five member, volunteer board provides governance, leadership, and oversight to the Council.
To accomplish its mission, the Council awards grants to support programs in libraries, museums, universities, historical societies, schools, and other nonprofit settings throughout the state. The WHC also crates programs, partnerships, and publications to fulfill its mission, including a speakers bureau, book discussion series, and a quarterly publication.
Nearly 60 years ago, Wisconsin Public Television was born with the purpose of connecting the communities of Wisconsin, furthering a 100-yeard old philosophy known as “The Wisconsin Idea.” Simply, put the “idea” is about serving community, specifically by extending the learning, resources, and expertise of the University of Wisconsin to all citizens of our state – and WPT has been a rich part of that tradition since our beginning. Now, as then, we continue to pursue our passion for community service on the air and on the streets of Wisconsin, but we are also engaging with a growing audience online, further extending access and opportunities.
Wisconsin Public Television is an essential community institution, dedicated to the public, providing non-commercial television and other communication services of high quality, integrity and diversity. Wisconsin Public Television will be a contributing citizen of Wisconsin, responding to a wide variety of individual and community interests as discovered through research, professional judgment and common understanding. The organization and its employees will be recognized as leaders in researching and using new, user-focused content and technology that engage people in ideas, issues and our rich cultural heritage.
A program of the Educational Communications Board (ECB), in partnership with University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX), oversees Wisconsin Public Television. WPT’s flagship station in Madison, WHA, and its six statewide affiliates cover all major media markets (except Milwaukee, which is covered by its own public television station), providing original news, educational, and entertainment programming, as well as programs produced by other public television affiliates.