Family Food Fest

Date: Sunday, May 21, 11am-2pm
Location: Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, WI

Grazing Farm Tours

Date: Thursday, May 25, 9:30am
Location: Spring Green, WI

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state's 72 counties. more

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Join the 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch!


Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Location: Schools, early care settings, hospitals and other organizations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio

Details: Celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 12. Everyone is welcome to Crunch!

Join in! Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year’s Crunch.


Find Your State and Register

kids crunching on apples

All registered schools will receive the updated 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch Guide with tips on finding local apples, integrating the crunch into school or early care curricula, and sharing your event via social media. Sign up today!

To learn more about National Farm to School Month and farm to school initiatives across the Great Lakes Region, please visit

Photo credit: Jill Czajkowski-Mosher‎, Machesney Park, IL