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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.

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award

Since 2000, the CIAS Eco-Fruit program has been helping growers reduce or eliminate risk from pesticides by using IPM. Participating growers have reduced their pesticide risk by 46 percent and increased their reliance on IPM strategies by 54 percent.


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

CIAS Barn Dance was a Success

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance on June 27 at Schuster's Farm near Deerfield. About 175 people enjoyed music, dancing, local food, a silent auction and unequaled camaraderie at this event.

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The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has been working on farm to school since 2002. Our current efforts include farm to school toolkits for producers and school nutrition directors, Harvest Medley vegetable blends for school food services, the Great Lakes Region Farm to School Network and farm to school outreach, training and technical assistance. Complete project descriptions are available here.
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Wisconsin Farm to School Directories

Are you a food service director interested in sourcing and serving locally grown produce in your lunchroom? Are you a farmer interested in selling your fresh produce to a local school district? Wisconsin Farm to School has created two directories that can help build connections between farms and schools. more

Farm to School Toolkits

Farm to school encourages healthy lifestyles in children and helps support local economies. The Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits for school nutrition directors and producers can help you create a successful farm to school program in your community. more
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Great Lakes Region Farm to School Network

CIAS houses the Great Lakes Region Farm to School Program Network, one of eight regional lead agencies of the National Farm to School Program. Its mission is to institutionalize and catalyze farm to school programs in order to provide viable models for improving the economic sustainability of family-scale farmers and supporting child nutrition efforts. more

If You Serve It, Will They Come?

The last decade has seen rapid growth in the number of farm-to-school initiatives in the United States. Despite the proliferation of farm-to-school programs and the significant energy and resources that have gone into their implementation, there have been few systematic assessments of these initiatives. We use the experience of the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch Project, a […] more
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Farm-to-school program provides learning experience (Research Brief #74)

Printer-friendly version (PDF) How do you get kids to eat their vegetables? Americans are bombarded with news about childhood obesity and the importance of replacing junk food with healthier fare. But this is no easy task when children are enticed with empty calories by advertisers, restaurants and even schools. When you look at the big […] more
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L’Etoile Teams Up with Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch

Seventh graders at Sherman Middle School are learning healthy cooking from the pros. Two Mondays each month, L’Etoile chefs Tory Miller and Eva Ringstrom teach the students how to cook with fresh produce. Their class not only extolls healthy eating, but also gives the students experience preparing fresh produce. This class is part of Wisconsin […] more

Harvest Festivals Reveal the Benefits and Challenges of Serving Local Produce in Schools

What do students at Shorewood Hills, Lincoln, and Chavez Elementary Schools have in common? All 1,400 of them, along with school staff and parents, will experience the bounty of local agriculture this month in school-wide Harvest Festivals. As pilot schools involved with the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch farm-to-school project, each school will host Harvest Festival meals […] more
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