Farm to Fork

EVENTS

Food and the Wisconsin Idea

Date: September 20, 2017, 3-5pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW-Madison
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CIAS Harvest Dinner 2017

Date: October 29, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison
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Edible Startup Summit

Date: November 17-18, 2017
Location: American Family Center, Madison, WI
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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



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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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
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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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Farm to School Toolkits 2.0

With the 2014-15 school year right around the corner, CIAS has updated two popular farm to school resources. The Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits for school nutrition programs and producers can help you create a successful farm to school program in your community. more
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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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