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Security Health Plan invests in Farmshed, helps boost area food economy

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STEVENS POINT – Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., will invest $1,000 in Central Rivers Farmshed as part of its Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant program, Security Health Plan announced this week. Each month, Security Health Plan awards a $1,000 grant to a charity or organization that is nominated by a Marshfield Clinic Health System employee.

Central Rivers Farmshed is a nonprofit organization that works to grow the local food economy in 12 central Wisconsin counties. It started in 2007 and officially became a nonprofit in 2009.

Central Rivers Farmshed Executive Director Layne Cozzolino said Farmshed works to promote farms that grow and sell food within entral Wisconsin through farmers markets, community supported agriculture, or CSA, and directly to local restaurants and small grocery stores.

Plant sale and more information

Farmshed will hold a plant sale May 23 through May 25 at Farmshed’s greenhouse in Stevens Point. Fruit, vegetable and herb plants will be available. There will be a member-exclusive presale on May 22 and memberships can be purchased at the door.

Farmshed also hosts activities like monthly community potlucks, a farmer tribute dinner, chef on the square demonstrations, tours, presentations and educational workshops on a variety of topics, like making kombucha, container gardening and pasta making.

To learn more about Farmshed and the events it hosts, visit www.farmshed.org. To get involved and volunteer, visit www.volunteersrock.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=6245.

Photo courtesy Security Health Plan. Laura Zelenak, right, in the greenhouse at the Central Rivers Farmshed headquarters in Stevens Point as she discusses the upcoming plant sale with Farmshed Executive Director Layne Cozzolino. Zelenak recently nominated Farmshed for a $1,000 Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant from Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc.

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