Landmark Continues Commitment to Local Summer Lunch Programs

As a part of Landmark’s commitment to be engaged in the communities where we live and work, we’re excited to keep working with three summer lunch programs that help feed kids.

With over 800 eligible students in the DeForest School District, there is a strong need to provide nutritious meals for children. The Norski Nibbles summer lunch program is a collaborative effort among local businesses, service groups, and churches, and Landmark is providing a $3,000 donation for the purchase of fresh produce and other products from the DeForest Area Farmers Market. We are also contributing beef sticks. The food is distributed at several sheltered parks from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., on June 11 through August 29.

The Lunch in the Park summer food program, from Edgerton Community Outreach, understands that many of the children who receive free and reduced lunch at school suffer from a lack of food options at home in the summer. Landmark is sponsoring for a fourth year. Program staff and volunteers are packaging and delivering meals to 158 kids in Edgerton on Mondays and Wednesdays, and each child receives two lunches, totaling four lunches per week.

United Methodist Church in Milton and One Apple Lunch Bunch are providing free, nutritious meals each weekday for all students 18 and under who face food insecurity at home. This is our third year sponsoring the program. One Apple Lunch Bunch runs 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Harmony Elementary School, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at United Methodist Church, from June 8 through August 30. Landmark is proud to continue supporting the humanitarian efforts of these outstanding summer lunch programs throughout Wisconsin.

 

 

Landscapes Monthly Newsletter – July 2020

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Landmark Sponsors Local Summer Lunch Program

Landmark Services Cooperative is excited to once again sponsor the Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) Lunch in the Park summer food program for children.

ECO understands that many of the children who receive free and reduced lunch at school during the school year suffer greatly during the summer months, due to lack of food options and availability at home. “Landmark’s partnership has enabled Lunch in the Park to provide children and families an opportunity to enjoy a meal together for another summer season,” said Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO.

Lunch in the Park is looking a bit different this year as they navigate social distancing. This summer, ECO is partnering with the Edgerton School District to provide the meals. “ECO staff and volunteers are packaging and delivering meals to 158 kids in Edgerton on Mondays and Wednesdays,” said Meyers. “Each kid receives two lunches, so volunteers package 300-plus meals each time.”

“In summer 2017, we served 195 people; in summer 2018, we served 270; and in summer 2019, we served 340,” said Meyers. “It’s great to see the yearly expansion as Lunch in the Park serves more kids in need. Landmark’s continued support helps us make sure that kids have access to food during what could be a difficult time for them and their families.”

Finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger with programs like these is a natural fit for an agricultural cooperative like Landmark. “We are excited to participate in the Lunch in the Park program for a third year by partnering with ECO to help serve food to children in need,” said Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark. “ECO puts on a great program that helps fill the nutritional need for students in the summer while Alyssa makes everyone feel welcomed. We are proud to be a part of their efforts.”

Cutline:  Landmark Services Cooperative donated $1,200 to ECO on June 8 to go toward the Lunch in the Park initiative. Pictured from left to right: Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO; Emily Pope, director of programs of ECO; Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark

 

Landmark Sponsors Summer Lunch Program For Milton Kids

Landmark Services Cooperative is excited to announce the sponsorship of the Milton free summer lunch program for children. This is the third year Landmark has donated to the program as part of their initiative to increase awareness about child hunger and to help feed hungry kids.

United Methodist Church in Milton and One Apple Lunch Bunch have organized a remarkable community effort to provide free lunches for all students 18 and under this summer. The program runs 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Harmony Elementary School, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Milton United Methodist Church, from June 8 through August 30. The program organizers are working closely with the school district food service to make distribution as safe as possible.

Last summer, One Apple Lunch Bunch was delighted to serve 5,000 lunches over the summer months as part of their mission to provide children (and families) in the Milton School District with a dependable source for nutritious food throughout the year. The program is supported by the generosity of local businesses.

“We thank our corporate sponsor, Landmark Services Cooperative, for their donation of $1200 and 15 cases of beef sticks to ensure we can continue to support the families of Milton,” said Barb Braun, UMC outreach coordinator. “It takes a village to raise a child and we are just one small part.”

Landmark is proud to support United Methodist Church and One Apple Lunch Bunch as part of the Landmark Gives Back program. As an agricultural cooperative, finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger is a natural fit.

“Hunger is an issue in every community. Landmark is thankful to UMC for its commitment to provide nourishing food to children and families who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark. “It’s truly incredible what this group is doing for the Milton community.”

“Even as schools were closed for the past three months, the Milton school district has been serving over 2,000 weekday “grab and go lunches” each week,” said Braun. “Continuing the summertime tradition that began in 2018, the One Apple Lunch Bunch is pleased to take over and begin another summer of serving free, nutritious meals every weekday for children who may face food insecurity in their homes.”

Cutline:  Landmark Services Cooperative donated $1,200 to the Milton Summer Lunch Program. Pictured from left to right Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark; Barb Braun, UMC outreach coordinator

 

Little Red Dairy Barn brings the farm to local families

The Little Red Dairy Barn belongs to the Green Lake County Dairy Promotions Committee and has been a delicious staple at local events for years. Consumers visit the Dairy Barn to sample one or many of the up to 24 tubs of ice cream that fit in the cooler. Landmark Services Cooperative is currently hosting the Dairy Barn at the Landmark office at W1646 County Rd S in Markesan, Wisconsin.

This year is unique in many ways, including the way that the Dairy Barn is being used in the Green Lake County community. Inspired by the Sassy Cow Kindness Cooler, the Dairy Promotions Committee partnered with the local food pantry and school lunch program to hand out vouchers for free dairy products, including butter, cheese, ice cream, Palermo’s pizza, chocolate or strawberry milk, string cheese, cheese curds, cottage cheese, yogurt and more. The dairy products are available to families who may be in need and could use the extra food. It’s also a great way to promote dairy products and support local agriculture.

The committee receives funding from the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. Since some of the normal events that the committee would use the funds for aren’t taking place this year, the group got creative and is offering other promotions like this one.

The Dairy Barn was quite popular during May providing more than $500 worth of dairy products to approximately 40 families in the Markesan community. The program has been extended through the month of June. The Dairy Barn is open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This weekend is traditionally June Dairy Days in Markesan, however with COVID-19 restrictions they altered plans a little. The barn is moving to downtown Markesan Saturday night for a car cruise to honor the Class of 2020 graduates and FFA will be working in the dairy barn serving Culver’s custard. Sunday the Lions Club is holding a chicken BBQ and (if there is any custard left) the dairy barn will be there as well.

 

 

Cutline: Landmark Services Cooperative currently hosts the Little Red Dairy Barn at the Markesan location. Each week approximately 40 local families are served farm fresh dairy products. Top photo: The Dairy Barn at Landmark Services Cooperative. Bottom photo: Lots of delicious and nutritious dairy products to help local families in need.

Landmark Sponsors Fresh Produce for Kids Through Local Summer Lunch Program

Landmark Services Cooperative is honored to continue to sponsor the Norski Nibbles summer lunch program with a $3,000 donation dedicated to the purchase of fresh produce, honey, meat and dairy products from the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market. The food is distributed at several sheltered parks to kids who would otherwise go without a nutritious lunch. Landmark is also contributing beef sticks to be included in the lunches.

Norski Nibbles is a community-backed organization that provides summer lunches during the summer to kids who receive free or reduced cost lunches during the school year. This is the fourth year that Landmark has donated to program, which serves nutritious, kid-friendly meals from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on June 11 through August 29.

With over 800 students eligible for free or reduced lunches in the DeForest School District, there is a strong community need to help provide nutritious meals for hungry children. The volunteer-led Norski Nibbles program is a collaborative effort among local businesses, service groups and churches to combat hunger over the summer months when school is not in session.

The introduction of assorted fruits and vegetables is a huge hit with the kids. “The vendors at the market provide us with a variety of fresh produce to go along with the lunches. Many of these snacks are new to the kids, and it is truly something to see them try the produce for the first time,” says Bob Mathweg, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator.

“Clearly, these are very trying times, and it’s more important than ever that communities have safe places to access healthy, local foods,” says Ben Ratliffe, Deforest Farmers’ Market manager. “The donation from Landmark Services Cooperative to Norski Nibbles helps make that happen.”

As an agricultural cooperative, finding a way to help children in the local communities combat hunger is a natural fit. Landmark is pleased to support the Norski Nibbles initiative as part of the Landmark Gives Back program. “Summer lunch programs are vital to ending childhood hunger. We are proud to help support the Norski Nibbles program again this year and increase access to healthy and nutritious food during the summer months when it is needed most,” says Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant at Landmark.

Cutline:  Landmark Services Cooperative donated $3,000 to Norski Nibbles on June 2 to go toward the program’s purchase of fresh produce at the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market. Pictured from left to right Ben Ratliffe, DeForest Farmers’ Market manager; Dave LaHaye, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator; Kaytlyn Nelson, DeForest Farmers’ Market summer recreation intern; Bob Mathweg, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator; Chrissy Long, senior marketing and communications specialist of LSC.

Landscapes Monthly Newsletter – June 2020

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Landmark to Offer ‘Her Farm Network’ Panel Discussion Online

Landmark’s Her Farm Network will hold its panel discussion about Farm Diversification and Niche Markets online at 7-8:30 p.m. Central Time on July 14, 2020. Join Landmark staff and a guest panel featuring Wisconsin farmers and producers. This group discussion will be an excellent opportunity to rethink and reevaluate your operation’s strategy.

The panelists include:

  • Moderator: Shelly Mayer, PDPW
  • Debbie Crave, Crave Brothers Cheese
  • Kara Kasten-Olson, Littler Farmer Meats
  • Kim Dooley, O’Dools Dairy Goats
  • Theresa Schuster, Playtime Farm
  • Tina Hinchley, Hinchley Dairy

Women make up 30% of the total number of US farmer operators. As more and more women are playing a vital role in today’s farm operations, Her Farm Network was developed to help provide education on critical farm operations, share stories and experiences that can help others, and provide an opportunity to network with other women in the industry.

If you’re a woman on the farm, we invite you to take part in Landmark’s Her Farm Network events. Please register for the event at HerFarmNetwork.com

Landmark Welcomes 2020 Summer Interns

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to welcome eleven summer interns. The student interns started on Wednesday, May 27 and will have assorted roles in several divisions throughout LSC’s trade territory.

During the internship program the students will learn and practice skills in their desired areas of interest that will benefit them in their future careers. “Our interns receive hands-on experience in their chosen field,” explains Brian Musser, talent acquisition partner of LSC. “They are part of the team and always bring fresh ideas. It’s definitely a win-win scenario.”

Along with the internship experience, students are provided with several benefits that include a laptop for summer use, option to earn university credit, and networking opportunities with other employees and customers.

Dylan Beaver will serve as a grain intern, Christopher Chrisler will serve as an agronomy intern, Rachel Fancsali will serve as a marketing intern, Kristen Felton will serve as an animal nutrition intern, Claire Hawthorne will serve as a Verity/credit intern, Abby Klahn will serve as a marketing intern, John Lenz will serve as an agronomy intern, Merry Luedtke will serve as an agronomy intern, Hannah Mathison will serve as a finance/accounting intern, Ben Sherman will serve as an agronomy intern, and David Wolter will serve as an IT intern.

“I am excited for the opportunity for hands on experience that will blend my creative skills with marketing, in an industry that I’m interested in,” says Rachel Fancsali, marketing intern. “I hope to expand my network and skills through the internship, and create some great working relationships along the way.”

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to be able to begin an internship through Landmark this summer,” says Christopher Chrisler, agronomy intern. “I am excited to develop new skills and knowledge, and become an asset to the Landmark team.”

During the internship, students can spend a day or two in another department, getting a taste of the different job opportunities throughout LSC. “We provide interns with variety, they receive a mentor from another department and are encouraged to take ride-a-longs,” says Musser. He continues, “we like it to be a fun and memorable time. Everyone looks forward to the presentations at the end of the summer.”

All internship opportunities are posted around the beginning of the year at https://landmark.coop/careers/.

Pictured left to right (back row): Christopher Chrisler, David Wolter, Ben Sherman, Kristen Felton, Dylan Beaver, Hannah Mathison, Claire Hawthorne, Abby Klahn. Left to right (front row): Meradith Luedtke, Rachel Fancsali, John Lenz

Evansville Fertilizer Facility Tracking for Mid-Summer 2020 Completion

The 28,000 ton dry plant at the Evansville location is tracking on schedule for a mid-summer 2020 completion.  The building has really taken shape over the last few months with walls and roof going on.  The new loadout tower is erected with the finishing details being added in the coming weeks.  The inbound tunnel system is well underway.  Upon completion of the inbound system the last 50 foot of building can be added.  Once the exterior has taken shape then interior touches can be added bringing us closer to a finished building by the day.  Everyone in agronomy is patiently waiting to put the first tons thru this building after a spring season that put a stress on our current systems.  We look forward to being able to move trucks out of this system for the fall season, giving us the opportunity to load out customers, and our trucks at a much faster pace than we are today.

Key benefits for Landmark members include:

  • Faster loading, resulting in shorter wait times for our tender fleet and members getting direct loads. Loading time of tender trucks and semi-trucks will be under 10 minutes now, versus 30 minutes in the past.
  • Blending 250 tons per hour.
  • Receiving product at 600 tons per hour.
  • Flexibility of fertilizer delivery to Landmark by rail or truck.
  • Cost savings related to insurance, utilities and repairs with older facilities.

As our membership continues to grow, we remain focused on our ability to serve members’ operations of all sizes in the most timely and efficient manner. Landmark is proud to be committed to your current and future needs.