Farm to Fork

EVENTS

Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 26, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall
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Ride to Farm

Date: May 31, 2014
Location: Ride starts and ends at Birch Lake Park, Barneveld, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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

What Does it Mean to Eat Well?

CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it.

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Cover Crops Case Studies: JenEhr Family Farm

Posted November 2011

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Wisconsin is seeing a renewed interest in planting cover crops to prevent soil erosion, retain or add nutrients, reduce pest pressures and accomplish other goals. Farmers and educators are asking questions about which cover crops to plant, how to fit them into different cropping systems and what equipment is needed to plant and manage them.

This case study presents the experience of a Wisconsin vegetable grower who has been growing cover crops for more than ten years. He describes his philosophy of cover crop use and offers his perspectives on what cover crop strategies have and have not worked on his farm, what benefits he receives from growing cover crops and how he manages these crops. Farmers and researchers can use this information as a starting point to explore how they might develop cover crop systems to fit their situations and meet their own goals.

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