Farm to Fork


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

Join the Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge, September 14-23

Posted August 2007

Support local food, farms and communities. Take the Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge from September 14-23. During these ten days, spend at least 10% of your food budget on locally grown and locally made foods.

If local food is new to you, then 10% of your food budget is an easy starting point. If you spend $150 on food during these ten days, you would need to spend $15 on local food to participate in this challenge. You can also include local food that you grow, hunt or gather yourself, or obtain from others. If you already eat local food, or if you are up for a bigger challenge, you can exceed this goal.

For this challenge, we are defining local food as anything grown or made in Wisconsin, or within a 100 mile radius of your home.

The Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge is organized by the Central Rivers Farmshed, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Network, REAP Food Group/Buy Fresh Buy Local Southern Wisconsin, Sustain Dane, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), and UW-Stevens Point Global Environmental Management Education Center (GEM).

For more information, go to the Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge website. (This link goes to the 2008 Challenge site.)