Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in Madison

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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

Growing Your Own (public lecture)

Date: Jul 8 2011 1:00 pm

Location: [unknown]

Posted July 2011

175 Science Hall, 550 N. Park St.

“Growing Your Own: The Socioeconomic Value of Community Food Production”
Public lecture presented by Vincent M. Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Home gardening, community gardening, school gardening, and other community-based food production initiatives abound in and around Madison. However, the value of these community food production systems for practitioners and for the community as a whole is not yet well understood. What are the motivations and barriers to participation? How much do these gardens produce in terms of pounds, calories, and dollars? Is the food what is of most worth? Community food production will be explored in the Madison area with a specific interest in its current socioeconomic value and its future potential.