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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.


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

CIAS Barn Dance was a Success

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance on June 27 at Schuster's Farm near Deerfield. About 175 people enjoyed music, dancing, local food, a silent auction and unequaled camaraderie at this event.

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CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 and 2001 CSA Surveys

Posted October 2003

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement in the United States has grown to include over 1,000 farms that are linking growers and customers in unique ways. The 1999 National CSA Farm Survey provided the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA movement in the U.S. This work was updated in a second national CSA survey done in 2001. The survey results include demographics of CSA farms and farmers, land use, land tenure, business structure, core groups, and economics of CSA farms. The overall portrait of CSA that emerges from this survey is characterized by interesting patterns of uniformity-what CSA enterprises have in common-contrasted with equally interesting patterns of diversity-how they are different from each other and the rest of U.S. agriculture.

Read the 1999 report: CSA Across the Nation (pdf file)

Read the 2001 report: Community Supported Agriculture Entering the 21st Century (pdf file)