EVENTS

Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 26, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall
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Ride to Farm

Date: May 31, 2014
Location: Ride starts and ends at Birch Lake Park, Barneveld, 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

What Does it Mean to Eat Well?

CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it.

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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.