EVENTS

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Date: January 9-11, 2015
Location: UW-Madison campus
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Wisconsin Farm to School Summit

Date: January 29, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
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Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

Date: February 25-26, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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

$10,000 matching challenge. One week to go. Can you help?

December marks the final stretch of our year-long CIAS 25th anniversary celebration. In honor of this milestone, Waseda Farms has generously offered a $10,000 match to encourage individuals to join them in supporting the mission of CIAS. Through Sunday, December 7th, you can join in this effort and double the impact of your gift.

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Midwest CSA Conference: Taking Stock

Date: Jan 10 2013 6:00 pm

Location: [unknown]

Posted November 2012

Eau Claire, WI

Join Wisconsin Farmers’ Union for two days of shared learning, practical workshops and lively discussions about the CSA movement. It’s been 25 years since the first midwestern CSA farm began operations, and 15 years since we had our last regional CSA conference. It’s time to get together.

Workshop sessions will be organized around the themes of:

  • Beginning CSA farmers and those considering the CSA farm model—Considering the CSA model for your farm, planning for a full season of weekly boxes and production basics
  • Production Issues—Growing practices, box packing strategies, and distribution logistics
  • Building Community—communicating with your members, as well as strategies for providing access to CSA shares for low-income members and working with community partners
  • Financial Management and Planning—Planning for profitability, legal considerations, strategies for sustainable growth, and diversification of the CSA model

The workshops will be primarily presented and moderated by CSA farmers from across the Midwest, representing different scales and models of CSA farms.

The conference will also include two plenary sessions for the whole group to discuss the CSA movement and emerging issues in our region. Plus there will be plenty of time for networking, sharing ideas and socializing with other CSA farmers and CSA and sustainable agriculture advocates.

For more information, see the Wisconsin Farmers’ Union website.