Ride to Farm

Date: June 6, 2014
Location: Botham Vineyards, Barneveld, WI

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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.


Service Learning in South Africa

CIAS Director Mike Bell and ten UW-Madison students are spending part of their winter break in South Africa. Bell is leading the students in a service learning course on the agroecology of health.

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Adamski, Rick

Citizens Advisory Council Chair
Rick farms with his wife, Valerie Dantoin, on a 160-acre organic dairy in Shawano County. The farm has been owned and operated by the Adamski family since about 1900. Managed grazing has been the foundation of this farm since 1987. Conservation, efficiency and renewable resources, including a 35 kW wind turbine, are the guiding principles for this farm. Rick has served on several committees with Organic Valley. He is a member of Wisconsin Farmers Union. Determined to help the next generation of grass-based dairy farmers, Rick and Valerie have hosted several interns from the School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, including a current milk share agreement with one of the school’s graduates.

Alber, Nadia

Outreach specialist, Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
(608) 265-6437

Albrecht, Ken

Department of Agronomy

Andrews, David

David Andrews is the Executive Director of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. He previously served as Global Programs Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Story County Extension Education Director. He has extensive international agriculture experience managing farming operations in Romania, the Philippines, Africa and the Middle East. David has owned and operated Green Vale Farms in Melbourne, Iowa, for 25 years. The farm has been part of the family since 1869.

Becker, Kat and Tony Schultz

Tony and Kat own Stoney Acres Farm, a third-generation, 120-acre, highly diversified USDA certified organic operation located in Marathon County. They run a 160 member CSA operation and market garden, produce maple syrup, and rotationally graze and direct market beef, pasture raised pork and pastured chicken. They are board members of Family Farm Defenders and work on legislative change through the Wisconsin Farmers Union. They are involved with educational opportunities for beginning farmers through a partnership with UW-Stevens Point, and Kat teaches a course on organic agriculture at UW-Marathon County. Kat holds a M.S. in Rural Sociology and Tony a B.S. in Education from UW-Madison. Kat and Tony believe the family farm has been a central form of economic democracy in our country, and they hope to reinforce this tradition to support a healthy and socially just world.;

Bell, Michael

CIAS Director
Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
(608) 515-8151

Bennett, Sandy

Phone: 608-262-9928

Birmingham, Deirdre

Deirdre is starting an organic apple orchard in Iowa County. The orchard features English and French cider apples that she will process to make draft and vintage ciders. She helped initiate and runs the Midwest Organic Tree Fruit Growers Network. She also helps nonprofits and farmers apply for various grant programs. She is president of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), and a past director of the REAP Food Group. She has experience running an educational nonprofit and working in international agricultural development, particularly in Africa. She holds a Joint Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Land Resources and Adult Education.

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