Farm to Fork


CIAS Harvest Dinner: The Future of Organic Food and Farming

Date: November 5, 2016, 6-9pm
Location: UW-Madison University Club, 803 State St.

Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings and Opportunities for Rural Development

Date: December 6, 2016, 1:30pm
Location: Webinar

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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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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.

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Youth Get Active with School Lunch

As farm to school grows in both popularity and maturity in Wisconsin, schools are looking for ways to develop increasingly comprehensive programs that will thrive for years to come. In order to accomplish this goal, student involvement and community engagement are essential. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Ensuring Meaningful Farmer Participation in Farm to School

Farmer involvement is an essential component of comprehensive farm to school programs. Core farm to school concepts such as local, fresh, healthy and community come alive for students through interactions with the farmers who grow the food found on the cafeteria tray. more

Chop! Chop! Veggie Videos Support Wisconsin Farm to School Efforts

In honor of National Farm to School Month, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and partners launched a series of culinary training videos for school cafeteria staff. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Madison Metropolitan School District Garden Bars

In several schools within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Farm to School AmeriCorps members are introducing elementary school students to their new garden bars. more

Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field

This report, published by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse, captures and communicates many of the valuable lessons learned throughout a project that increased access to healthy food in fourteen communities across Wisconsin. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Garden (Wausau)

In the fall of 2013, Wausau crossing guards went home with fresh-made pickles, and local residents opened their doors to bags full of vegetables following a resounding “ding-dong!” and a scampering of feet. The vegetables came with a note: “Compliments of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Garden.” The Ding-Dong-Ditch act was a Pay-it-Forward practice of the Thomas […] more

Marketing Healthy Food in Wisconsin Schools

Marketing Healthy Foods in Wisconsin K-12 Schools is a comprehensive resource on conventional and innovative marketing practices to support the consumption of healthy foods and farm to school programs. more

Growing Farm to School Supply Chains with Local Vegetable Blends (Research Brief #96)

Increasing access to fruits and vegetables in schools is one way to address nutritional and diet-related health concerns among children. more
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