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“Planting the Seeds” of Prosperity in Rural WI

December 3, 2007

Madison, WI – Wisconsin's rural communities are planting the seeds of economic growth, and the authors of a new book say the holiday season is a great time for the rest of the state to encourage the trend. Jan Joannides is coeditor of "Renewing the Countryside - Wisconsin." She says small towns are seeing growth in sustainable businesses, including organic food production, eco-friendly tourism, clean energy, and local arts and crafts, and that holiday meals and gifts are a way for Wisconsinites to support that growth.

"Buy products at farmers' markets, from local farmers. In terms of holiday gifts, find something that's locally grown or locally made -- maple syrup, something they can use -- or buy somebody a handcrafted bowl or something like that. Individuals can step out there and support these rural enterprises by taking the time to buy direct and buy local."

Joannides adds it isn't just about business; there's also a thriving cultural scene in rural Wisconsin, with growing numbers of art fairs, craft producers, and music and theatrical performances.

Faye Jones with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service says specialty food production, small farms, and organic agriculture are at the center of the state's new rural economy.

"One of the things that a lot of people don't realize about Wisconsin is that it's actually a leader in organic and sustainable agriculture. This book is an example, and a way for people to start to realize the heritage we have with food in this state."

Jones sees organic and sustainable food production as key economic opportunities for rural Wisconsin, and says the state is taking a leading role in this booming industry.

Rob Ferrett/John Robinson, Public News Service - WI