FOSP Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes

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March 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

January 19, 2016

December 15, 2015

November 17, 2015

October 20, 2015

September 15, 2015

August 13, 2015

June 11, 2015

May 14, 2015

April 9, 2015

March 12, 2015

February 7, 2015

January 8, 2015

December 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

October 14,  2014

September 9,  2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 12, 2014

May 13, 2014

April 8, 2014

March 11, 2014

February  22, 2014

January 16, 2014

December 10, 2013

November 18, 2013 

October 21, 3013 

September 16, 2013

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FOSP Advisors Mara Henningsen, Phyllis Hasbrouck, and Gary Funk met with Silverwood volunteers and County staff in spring 2015 to discuss future park programming.

2016 Silverwood events
Friends of Silverwood Park
Working to create the regenerative agriculture classroom for our region!

FOSP Board members(left to right) Katie Whitten, John Steines, Emily Halapatz, Kirsten Almo and Kyle Richmond, at the 2015 Silverwood Harvest Fest.

Wisconsin's regenerative Agriculture Classroom

Silverwood Park

2018 Accomplishments!





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About Friends of Silverwood Park, Inc.


Friends of Silverwood Park, Inc.(FOSP) is a non-profit entity registered with the State of Wisconsin, which has as its mission support for the development and maintenance of Silverwood Park.  FOSP was formed in 2013 as a result of 18 months work by the Silverwood Park Subcommittee of the Dane County Food Council.  In September 2015, FOSP was granted nonprofit - 501(c)(3) organization - status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The subcommittee wrote the mission and goals for Silverwood Park, in consultation with with the public, area residents, the Dane County Park Commission, and the Food Council.  It also participated in selecting the initial non-profit groups which made proposals to Dane County for programming at the park.


FOSP is now promoting and participating in the master planning process for Silverwood Park, with the intent to help guide development of the park's facilities and educational programs.


Board of Directors

The initial FOSP Board of Directors was  elected in November 2013.  The Board meets monthly and its meetings are open the public.  FOSP also conducts regular membership meetings.

Kirsten Almo

Edgerton Public Library Director, former teacher, and park neighbor

​Kyle Richmond
member, Dane County Board (District 4),  and Park Commission and Food Council

John Steines

former president, Friends of Starkweather Creek, Witness Tree Project organizer, and artist

Katie Vance-Whitten

park neighbor, farmer and Edgerton School District teacher


Board Officers

Kyle Richmond, president

Katie Vance-Whitten, vice president

John Steines, secretary
Kirsten Almo, treasurer


Board of Advisors
The Friends of Silverwood Park also has a Board of Advisors, asked to provide the Board of Directors with counsel concerning organizational development, park master planning and implementation, and resource development.


Paula Carrier
Realtor, and Vice President, Edgerton Chamber of Commerce
Diane Everson
Publisher, Edgerton Reporter

Gary Funk
Former Executive Director, Madison Audubon Society
Jason Garlynd
Horticulture Instructor / Oakhill Correctional Institution.  Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Phyllis Hasbrouck
Land use activist and founder, Fitchburg Fields and West Waubesa Preservation Coalition
Andrea Hughes
Project Director, South Central Region, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
Matthew Miller
Soil Scientist,  Sandpiper Soil & Water
Judie Pfeifer
Treasurer, Friends of Capital Springs State Park

Seth Riley
Farm Incubator Manager, Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability
Ronda Schwetz
Director, Henry Vilas Zoo, Dane County
Erin Silva
Assistant Professor & Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist, UW-Madison
Kate Stalker
Landscape architect, and former Project Director, Center for Resilient Cities
Bill Warner
Farmer and Co-Owner, Snug Haven Farm, and member of the Dane County Food Council

Ingrid West

Sustainable Stoughton organizer and former UW Extension employee


The initial Board of Advisors meeting was in October 2014


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