Farm to Fork


Agroecology Barn Dance

Date: October 22, 2016, 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Cates Family Farm, Spring Green, WI

CIAS Harvest Dinner: The Future of Organic Food and Farming

Date: November 5, 2016, 6-9pm
Location: UW-Madison University Club, 803 State St.

Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings and Opportunities for Rural Development

Date: December 6, 2016, 1:30pm
Location: Webinar

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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


UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state's 72 counties. more

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Distribution Models for Local Food

Posted January 2009


Eating locally is going mainstream. For years, committed eaters have gone out of their way to source local food from farmers’ markets, farms, roadside stands and Community Supported Agriculture drop-off sites. With more and more people wanting to incorporate local food into their meals, however, how do we make local food affordable and convenient for everyone?

With support from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, CIAS is researching distribution models for local food. Across the United States, entrepreneurs, cooperatives and nonprofits are filling an important missing link in local food systems: aggregating food from local farms and distributing it to stores, restaurants, eaters and other retailers and end users. We have created a map of some of these distribution models. Go to the full-sized map for a list of the models and detailed descriptions.
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CIAS and the UW-Extension Ag Innovation Center have written a report featuring case studies of some of these distribution models: “Scaling Up:  Meeting the Demand for Local Food.”