Midwest CSA Conference

Date: December 3-4, 2015
Location: The Plaza, Eau Claire, WI

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

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Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production

The Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA), in partnership with CIAS and UW-Extension, held the 106th NNGA conference in La Crosse, July 27-29. About 150 participants from across the country gathered for three days to talk about the business of nut production, processing and marketing in the context of agroforestry and perennialization. more

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The mailing address for all CIAS staff members is: CIAS, 1535 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Alber, Nadia

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

Bell, Michael

CIAS Director
Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
(608) 262-5201

Bennett, Sandy

Phone: 608-262-9928

Bernhardt, Andrew

Associate staff, community food systems
(608) 890-0097

Carusi, Cris

Communications manager
Phone: (608) 262-8018

Cates, Dick

Coordinator, Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
Phone: (608) 265-6437

Day Farnsworth, Lindsey

Associate staff, urban agriculture and food systems
(608) 890-2433

Fischbach, Jason

Associate staff, perennial crops
Bayfield County Cooperative Extension
(715) 373-6104

Gurda, Anders

Associate staff, Plant Pathology

Hendrickson, John

Program manager, fresh market vegetables and food systems
Coordinator, Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
(608) 265-3704

Herald, Vanessa

Great Lakes Region Farm to School Network
(608) 263-6064

Mayerfeld, Diane

Associate staff, Wisconsin SARE
(608) 262-8188

Maynard, Kelly

Associate outreach specialist, food systems

McNair, Ruth

(608) 265-6479

Miller, Michelle

Associate Director, outreach
Food systems, eco fruit
(608) 262-7135

Oosterwyk, Johanna

Associate staff, Horticulture
(608) 262-3844

Paul, Brad

Honorary fellow

Pfeiffer, Anne

Associate staff, urban agriculture
(608) 890-1905

Porter, Pam

Research program manager

Raboin, Matt

Associate outreach specialist, perennialization

Sanford, Gregg

Associate staff, Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial

Suryanarayanan, Sai

Associate staff, Community and Environmental Sociology
(608) 698-0592

Turnquist, Alan

Associate staff, Agroecology and
GreenHouse Residential Learning Community

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