On the bulletin board, February 26, 2015

Lisa Neff, Staff writer

On the community bulletin board…

FARM FRIENDLY: Know your farmer. Know your food. The 13th annual Local Farmer Open House is at 11 a.m. on March 7 at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park. This event provides a once-a-year opportunity to talk with local farmers, hear about their growing practices and learn about community-supported agriculture.

Organizers plan to offer options for people to sign up for deliveries of farm-fresh produce and offer workshops on CSA and healthy eating. For more, go online to urbanecologycenter.org.

REVITALIZING NEIGHBORHOODS: Kiva City Milwaukee on Feb. 17 launched an initiative to support small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods, creating local jobs and building community. Visitors to kiva.org/Milwaukee can lend $5 or more to those seeking to grow a business and create jobs. As of Feb. 17, a revolving pool of $140,000 is providing a dollar for dollar match for anyone from the Kiva community lending to Milwaukee borrowers.

AT THE MARKET: The Dane County Winter Farmers’ Market, 330 W. Mifflin St., Madison, is open Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon through April 11. The indoor market boasts the increasingly popular “Taste of Market Breakfast” series and offers an abundance of fresh, canned, dried, pickled and preserved food items. For more, go online to dcfm.org.

NOMINEES SOUGHT: Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources. For more, go online to leopoldconservationward.org.

ANIMAL ADVOCACY: The Humane Society of the United States and its state and local chapters are sponsoring Humane Lobby Days around the country, bringing citizens to their state Capitols to push for pro-animal bills. For more, go online to humanesociety.org.

ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center takes place at 6 p.m. on March 5 at the center, 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee. For more, go online to mkelgbt.org.

— Lisa Neff

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