Hard Cider Apple Grafting Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 21, 1-4pm
Location: DC Smith Greenhouse, UW-Madison

Agroecoprospect: The Challenge of Integrating Values, Food and Farming

Date: June 13-16, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus

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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

Join the 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch!

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Location: Any site including K-12 schools, early care settings, hospitals, colleges/universities, business campuses, state agencies 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! Last October 1,201,346 students, children, teachers, and good food supporters across the region crunched. Let’s join forces and meet the ONE MILLION CRUNCH goal again this year! Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year’s Crunch.

Click on Your State to Register

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elementary school students with apples

All Crunch sites 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. This year we have new Crunch guides specifically for K-12 schools, ECE sites, and non-school sites. Some states are also offering free stickers when you register! Sign up today and be sure to share the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch with others!

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

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