EVENTS

Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI
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Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI
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Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in Madison
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SUCCESS STORIES

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



CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance

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CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and we’re throwing a celebratory barn dance at Schuster’s Farm in Deerfield on June 27. We hope that past and present friends of CIAS, and everyone who supports sustainable food and farms, will join us for this memorable evening.

Thirsty Roots will play toe-tapping barn dance music, including both traditional and original tunes. Roger Diggle will call the dances. In addition to dancing, the evening will feature refreshments, a silent auction (scroll down for a list of the fabulous items donated for our auction) and the beauty of our host farm.

The event will take place from 7:00-10:30pm; dancing starts at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $15 at the door. Kids’ tickets (ages 5-12) cost $5, and children under 5 attend for free. Advance ticket sales are now closed. We can not accept credit cards at the dance.

All proceeds from this barn dance will benefit CIAS research, outreach and education on sustainable agriculture, and will ultimately further our vision of sustainable farms and food systems that contribute to ecological, economic and social well-being.

CIAS wishes to thank our hosts, Don and Theresa Schuster, for their generous hospitality. Schuster’s Farm is located at 1326 Hwy 12/18 near Deerfield.

Interested in carpooling to the dance? Use this Doodle poll if you need, or can offer, a ride.

Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Barn Dance sponsors:

Gold level

Bradshaw-Knight Foundation, Inc.
The Conscious Carnivore
Midwestern Bio-Ag
Schuster’s Farm

Silver level

Gerry Campbell and Karen Goebel
Heartland Credit Union
Organic Valley

Bronze Level

Badgerland Financial
Fair Share CSA Coalition
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program
Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
F.H.King Students for Sustainable Agriculture
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
PastureLand Cooperative
REAP Food Group

Food donations

Chad Backes and Nadia Alber
Carandale Farm
Cates Family Farm
Cedar Grove Cheese
Paine Family Farm
Uplands Cheese

Silent auction items

Artful Apparel and More: Hand-woven scarf
Artisan Deli Foods: Artisan sauerkraut
Bob and Karen Breneman: Hand-turned wooden bowl
The Cider Farm: Certificate for one bottle of 2014 Cider Farm brandy
The Cider Farm: Cider Farm orchard starter kit
Clasen’s Bakery: Gift certificate
Community Pharmacy: Gift basket
Conscious Carnivore: Beer, Brats and Burgers class
Cooper’s Tavern: Gift card
Lindsey Day-Farnsworth: Hand-crafted baby bibs
Espresso Royale: Coffee
Fair Share CSA Coalition: Two rider passes to Bike the Barns
Fair Share CSA Coalition: Cookbooks
Four Star Video Heaven: Gift Card
Graze Magazine: 2-year subscription
Graze Magazine: Conversations with the Land
Harvest: Gift card
Vanessa Herald: Duct tape wallet making birthday party
Hook’s Cheese Company: Gift card
Just Coffee: Coffee
Kelly Hoppman: Print art
La Coppa Gelato: Gift card
Lonesome Stone Milling Co.: Heritage wheat flour
Madison Sourdough: Gift card
Marigold Kitchen: Gift card
Midwestern Bio-Ag: Consulting and soil correctives
Michael Bell: Name an original song
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services: MOSES Organic Conference registration
Natural Ovens Bakery: Gift box
Orange Tree Imports: Gift card
Organic Valley: One year of free Organic Valley dairy products
Old School Sausages: Gift card
PastureLands Co-op: Butter
Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery: Goat cheese
REI: Flash Pack
Scrumptious Pantry: Beaver Dam Pepper Products gift box
Sugar River Dairy: Gift card
Trader Joe’s: Tote bag of products
Underground Meats: Air-cured salami assortment
Whole Foods: Gift Card
Willy Street Co-op: Gift card