Mighty Madison Tours – Forward!

Mighty Madison Tours – Forward!

Willy Street and Organic Valley invite you to experience Madison!
Thursday, June 12, 1 PM – meet buses outside the Concourse Hotel.
No registration required except for Tour 6. 
(All others first come, first served.)
Tour 1: Co-ops ❤ Community
Tour 2: The Triple C: Co-ops, Credit Unions and Community Partners
Tour 3: The Neighborhood Where It All Began… A Walking Tour of Willy Street
Tour 4: Cooperation Celebration
Tour 5: Social Innovation
Tour 6: Organic Valley Farm Tour Invite and Registration!
Many walking and biking options!


Tour 1: Co-ops ❤ Community:
First stop:
Willy East where guests will enjoy a tour of the Co-op and discuss remodeling best practices.
Next stop: Troy Gardens/Community Groundworksfarmstand for a tour of Gardens, Farm and cooperative living community. At the Troy Gardens, community gardeners sign up for a plot each spring, paying a minimal fee to help defray the costs of site maintenance and management (plowing, mowing, plot layout, and provision of water, tools, and compost). Gardeners also assist in site maintenance and management through volunteer commitments. The 5-acre community farm has been fenced in to ward against deer predation, the community gardens have been expanded, the natural areas have been restored, and 30 units of mixed-income housing have been developed. The community vision has taken root – but is still developing.
Last stop: FEED Kitchens Food Enterprise and Economic Development (FEED) Kitchens’ facility includes five commercial kitchens, with specialized equipment for baking, produce preparation and processing, deli prep and meat processing. The facility is available for rent by the hour so FEED deli-kitchen-300x225that food businesses and individuals seeking to sell food to the public can have a legal place to prepare their food. Willy Street is a  supporter of FEED Kitchens and the local food system development this space facilitates. WSGC Board members and FEED vendors look forward to meeting you in the kitchen and discussing co-op impacts on community projects like this one!

Tour 2: The Triple C: Co-ops, Credit Unions and Community Partners
First Stop: Capital Brewery, founded 30 years ago in tCapital Brewery 1762.Mutiny IPAhe former Mazomanie Egg Factory building. In 1998 Capital was named #1 Brewery in US. Capital Brewery makes some of Wisconsin’s favorite beers and has partnered with Willy Street for this year’s Whet Willy limited White IPA! Enjoy a tour of the brewery and some time in their lovely outdoor bier garten.
Next stop: Willy West in Middleton! Willy Street Co-op’s second retail store, Willy West has become a part of the vibrant downtown Middleton Community. Store Manager Mike Byrne will show you around and answer any questions you have!
Next stop: Growing Food & Sustainabilitygarden is a sustainability and environmental education program for elementary, middle and high school youth that focuses on gardening and food production but also incorporates art, people-powered transportation, and multi-age relationship building through teaching and mentorships. The program uses Middleton High School’s outdoor classroom and greenhouse, and grows most of their food at the Youth Farm at Clark Street Community School. 
Last stop:
Travel to the western side of the Madison metro for a tour of CUNA Mutual (World headquarters) including a visit to their Museum. For more than 75 years, CUNA Mutual Group has worked tirelessly to deliver product and service solutions that meet the unique challenges and needs of credit unions and their members. Watch their video of the History of Credit Unions.

Tour 3: The Neighborhood Where It All Began… A Walking Tour of Willy Street
Travel by bus to the neighborhood of Willy Street (east side) to take a stroll through the neighborhood where it all began! Featuring a variety of retail locations, restaurants, a non-profit or two and exciting public developments, this walking tour will showcase some of the best places in Madison. We’ll end at Eldorado Grill, one of GM Anya Friszt’s fav restaurants and our partner for the CCMA party! Over noshes and beverages tour participants will get a chance to talk with reps from various Dane Cooperative Alliance members and other community partners!

This tour will include a mix of retail locations, food stops, and community spaces, including:
Mermaid Cafe
Schenk’s Corners
Mickey’s Tavern
Commonwealth Development
Lazy Jane’s
Batch Bakehouse
Willy East
Weary Traveler Free House
Petinary (the first WSGC retail storefront!)
Social Justice Center – Second WSGC retail location!
Madison Central Park
Mother Fools Coffee House (original location of Willy Street Buying Club)
Midwest Clay Project
Madison Sourdough
Eldorado Grill
Total walking distance = 1.2 miles
At 3:15 pm
end at Eldorado for meet n’ greet with Dane Cooperative Alliance members. Then ride the bus back to hotel.
BUS Pick Up at Eldorado Grill: 4:45 pmeldorado grillTour 4: Cooperation Celebration:
First Stop: Just Coffee CooperativeJust Coffee for a demonstration and tasting. (They have a lot to demonstrate!) Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity.
Next Stop: Nature’s Bakery Cooperative, a worker collective in Madison Wisconsin since it was founded in 1970, committed to using organic whole grains so that customers can purchase healthy, nutritious baked goods at a reasonable price.
Next Stop: Willy East where guests will enjoy a tour of the Co-op and discuss remodeling best practices.
Last Stop: Summit Credit Union Inspiration Branch: Visualizing your dreams is important to achieving them.  With this in mind, Summit Credit Union has created a first-of-its-kind “Inspiration Branch,” which is full of 3-D visualizations of various dreams and goals to inspire and motivate people to action. Preview their story here.

Tour 5: Social Innovation
First Stop
:Described as an “environmental masterpiece” the Center for Resilient Cities/Badger Rock Middle School/Growing Power Madison is a community-inspired collaboration led by the Center for Resilient Cities. Phase 1 brings together, the Resilience Neighborhood Center, serving as a vibrant hub for community events and gatherings and enriching programming for all ages;the public instrumentality charter Bagrowing powerdger Rock Middle School, which features a sustainability-focused and urban agriculture-integrated curriculum; and the Madison operations of internationally acclaimed Growing Power, led by MacArthur “genius” Will Allen and Madison farmer Robert Pierce. Tour participants will learn how this exciting project came into being, as well as tour the LEED platinum facility and Growing Power gardens!
Next Stop: Summit Credit Union Inspiration Branch, an important financial partner for Willy Street Co-op and others throughout the Madison Community. They have spearheaded exciting community financial empowerment initiatives like Project Money and Pay It Forward. Their focus on member needs and perspective led them to rethink what a credit union branch could be. Preview their story here.
Last stop: Edgewood College is a trailblazer in sustainability leadership and sustainable campus practices. Jim Lorman, a longtime professor at the College and leader of the Sustainability Leadership Development program will take tour participants on a walking tour of the (very beautiful) lakeside campus’s eco-friendly features, as well its new LEED Gold certified arts center!

Tour 6: Organic Valley Farm Tour Invite and Registration
Organic Valley is pleased to offer CCMA a Farm Tour in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside at the Altfrid Krusenbaum Farm, an Organic Valley Farmer-Owner site. You’ll walk the pasture with cows, visit the milking barn and learn of the farmer’s passion for the land and organic farming. This tour will prepare you to answer questions about the integrity and value at the core of our brands and our cooperative business model.

Self-guided Walking Tours: More details on site.

Downtown Art & Architecture
–          Monona Terrace (Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed a design for a “dream civic center” in 1938. His architectural vision for the City of Madison – a curvilinear gathering place that would link the shore of Lake Monona to the State Capitol – has now been realized.)
–          MMoCA (Since 1901, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has provided free exhibitions and education programs for city residents and visitors.)
–          Chazen (The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts.)

UW-Madison HighlightsSeeDo_MU_Terrace
–          State Street to Bascom Hill
–          Memorial Union and the Terrace
–          Union South
–          Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Downtown Madison History Tour
–         Wisconsin History Museum
–         Capitol BuildingMyNewLibrary-HomepageSlide-0-Final
–         Madison New Public Library
–         Overture Center
–         Monona Terrace

Wine & Dine:
–          Candidas Chocolate
–          Fromagination (artisanal cheeses)
–          Merchant (Craft Cocktails, Wine and Food)
–          Chocolate Shoppe

Self-Guided Biking Tours:
–          Around Lake Monona
–          Around Lake Mondota

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