Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Every one of our Healthy Grown farms is certified by an independent oversight organization. They ensure our Healthy Grown growers pass annual whole-farm audits, and that all our packers and shippers maintain the highest sustainability standards.

 

About Healthy Grown®

Two-thirds of U.S. land is privately-owned — and the majority of that land is used for agriculture. So we understand that what we do on our farms impacts the world around us.

That’s why, in the early 90’s, the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison began looking at ways to advance the industry’s conservation and sustainability standards. In 1996, WPVGA partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and later joined forces with the International Crane Foundation (ICF), and the Defenders of Wildlife to establish the Wisconsin Eco-Potato partnership. The result was a new brand launched in 2002 and a sustainable standard for growing potatoes — Healthy Grown®.

Our Healthy Grown sustainable farmers work with ecologists, conservationists and University of Wisconsin researchers to:

  • Utilize and find better, less-invasive ways to manage pests and invasive plants
  • Restore natural ecosystems
  • Prevent erosion
  • Support native plants and animals
  • Conserve quality water
  • Improve potato production

In 2016, the program expanded and began applying the Healthy Grown standard to onions. Discussions are ongoing to broaden the program further and include additional crops in the near future.

For additional information on the program’s background, details on standard and implementation as well as updates, take a look at the following videos:

Healthy Grown Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources

Healthy Grown Natural Community Standards-part 1

Healthy Grown Natural Community Standards-part 1

Healthy Grown Natural Community Standards-part 2

Healthy Grown Natural Community Standards-part 2

 

Healthy Grown Brochure

Healthy Grown Brochure

 

 

Wisconsin Water Stewards

Wisconsin Water Stewards

Potato Sustainability in Wisconsin-short

Potato Sustainability in Wisconsin-short

 

Potato Sustainability in Wisconsin

Potato Sustainability in Wisconsin

WPVGA Awarded 2015 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant

WPVGA is embarking on a new opportunity as it relates to the Healthy Grown program thanks to the award of a Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant from DATCP.

The grant is a natural fit for the Healthy Grown program, which helps set Wisconsin apart as the “leader in sustainable potato production.” Established nearly two decades ago, the program utilizes growing practices that are beneficial for Mother Nature and are also ecologically sound. The approved grant focuses on three main goals for WPVGA to achieve over the course of the next year. Those goals include expanding the distribution of Healthy Grown growers, increasing Healthy Grown potato acreage, and increasing the sales volume of Healthy Grown potatoes sold in local Wisconsin communities.

There are also several growers who have decided to join the Healthy Grown program this year, which has helped the Association accomplish the first goal of the project. From here, the intent is to work with as many retail chains as possible to expand the program even further. It’s through in-store promotions in various markets across the state, in combination with Spudmobile appearances that a boost in sales will occur. Wisconsin’s Healthy Grown suppliers will also play a vital role in communicating the importance of retailers advertising the product while also featuring WPVGA-provided materials such as quarter-sized bins and kwik lok tags that sport information about Healthy Grown.

Overall, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program exists to help farmers expand their markets. There are significant opportunities to accomplish this through the Healthy Grown initiative, especially when it comes to ecologically-grown potatoes and rotational crops, which provides benefits for the entire food value chain. WPVGA has already received extensive support from state, national and international organizations to see this project through to fruition during the grant time period and beyond.

It’s a program that has been and continues to be ahead of its time given the sustainability standards that are required and constantly improving. It’s also one that will continue to advance Wisconsin as well as the potato industry, while also encouraging consumers to buy local, and buy Wisconsin.

Healthy Grown POP Materials

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Healthy Grown Quarter-sized Bin

  • Quarter-sized bin with information about Wisconsin’s Healthy Grown program and its benefits, as well as the nutritional benefits potatoes naturally provide. Printed on four sides, the opportunities for in-store placement and cross promotion are endless!
  • Contact your potato supplier to order.

 

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Healthy Grown Kwik Lok Tags

  • Convenient for retailers and growers, Healthy Grown Kwik Lok tags communicate the Healthy Grown product on the bag without requiring retail stores to add another SKU.
  • Contact your potato supplier to order.

Healthy Grown Growers

Alsum Farms, Inc.

Address: 6530 Helena Road, Arena, WI 53503
Phone: 920-348-6700
Website: www.alsum.com
Certification Contact Manager: Donald Maum, donald.maum@alsum.com
Owner:  Larry Alsum, CEO


Coloma Farms, Inc.

Address: W14453 State Road 21, PO Box 137, Coloma, WI 54930
Phone: 715-228-3031
Website: Coloma Farms, Inc. on Facebook
Certification Contact: Andy Diercks, andy.colomafarms@gmail.com
Owners: Steve & Andy Diercks


Flyte Family Farms, LLC

Address: W13450 Cottonville Avenue, Coloma, WI 54930
Phone: 715-570-2683
Website: Flyte Family Farms on Facebook
Certification Contact/Owners: Adam & Carolyn Flyte, flyte@uniontel.net


Gary Bula Farms, Inc.

Address: 535 Elk Avenue, Oxford, WI 53952; PO Box 9, Grand Marsh, WI 53936
Phone: 608-339-2083
Certification Contact: Tamra Bula-Garz, tamrabula@hotmail.com
Owners: Gary & Lynda Bula


Gumz Farms, LLC

Address: N570 6th Court, Endeavor, WI 53930
Phone: 608-981-2488
Certification Contact: Cassie Krebs, cassie@gumzfarmswi.com
Owners: Richard & Roderick Gumz

Isherwood Family Farms

Address: 6055 Isherwood Road, Plover, WI 54467
Phone: 715-344-3260
Certification Contact/Owner: Don Isherwood, justish@sbcglobal.net


Okray Produce Company

Address: 3001 River Drive, PO Box 489, Plover, WI 54467
Phone: 715-344-2526
Website: www.okray.com
Certification Contact/Owner: Jim Okray, jim@okray.com


Plover River Farms Alliance, Inc.

Address: 292 Maple Bluff Road, Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: 715-592-4926
Certification Contact: Daniel Schwind, ploverriverfarms@wi-net.com
Owner: Nick Somers


Schroeder Brothers Farms, Inc.

Address: N1435 County Road D, Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-2689
Website: www.sbfi.biz
Certification Contact: Eric Schroeder, eric@sbfi.biz, JD Schroeder, jds@sbfi.biz
Owners: John, Pete, and Rob Schroeder


Wysocki Produce Farm, Inc.

Address: 8550 Central Sands Road, PO Box 330, Bancroft, WI 54921
Phone: 715-366-7175
Website: www.wfc.ag/wysocki-produce-farm/
Certification Contact: Greg Dalsbo, greg.dalsbo@rpespud.com
General Manager: Jeff Sommers