Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

more events


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

“Culture of Agriculture” Concert with Graminy

Date: Oct 20 2012 8:00 pm

Location: [unknown]

Posted October 2012

Mills Hall UW-Madison Campus, 445 N. Park St.
$10 ($8 student) at the door

Event poster (PDF)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems is co-sponsoring a concert celebrating the culture of agriculture.

The concert will feature the Madison class-grass quintet Graminy. Class-grass is a musical style that blends bluegrass and classical traditions. At the concert, Graminy will debut a new piece entitled Germinations: A Bluegrass Symphony in D.

“We think of the piece as cultivation, but in a cultural sense, encouraging the creative potential of people, land and farming,” says UW-Madison professor Michael Bell, Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and a member of the quintet.

The band will premiere Germinations in two performances, one on campus in Madison, the other in Sauk County.

— On October 13th, 3:30–5 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lime Ridge (near Reedsburg). Tickets are $8 ($5 for students) at the door.

— On October 20th at 8 p.m., in Mills Hall on the UW-Madison campus. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students) at the door.

The concert is part of the D-Composition Project of the Wormfarm Institute, a Wisconsin rural and environmental arts organization, and is also a part of Wormfarm’s annual Fermentation Fest.

“The goal of the D-Composition Project is to convene a musical conversation about culture and its environments, social and biophysical, especially with regard to food and agriculture,” Bell says. “Graminy’s new piece will serve as the starter culture of this conversation. Other composers will listen to Germinations and write new D-compositions in response, to be performed at next year’s Fermentation Fest.”

In addition to Bell, who plays the mandolin, Graminy performers include Shauncey Ali (fiddle, viola), Chris Powers (guitar), Chris Wagoner (fiddle) and Mary Gaines (cello).

The event is co-sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin Farmers’ Union, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

More information is available at