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Food and the Wisconsin Idea

Date: May 6, 2016, 3:30-5:30pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
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8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Date: June 2-4, 2016
Location: Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
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Ride to Farm 2016

Date: June 4, 2016
Location: New Glarus Woods State Park
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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


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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.