Farm to Fork

EVENTS

Jahnke Farm Pasture Walk

Date: September 4, 2014 10am-2pm
Location: 5312 Scenic Rd., Lancaster, WI 53813
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6th Annual Partnering for Progress Chautauqua and Barn Dance

Date: September 13, 2014, 4:00-10:00pm
Location: Saxon Homestead Farm, Cleveland, WI
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Food for Thought Festival

Date: September 20, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm
Location: Dane County Farmers' Market, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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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

Current and Past Citizens Advisory Council Members Gather for Summer Meeting

CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and our Citizens Advisory Council is at the center of our history. Past and present members of this unique advisory group gathered at Ferguson's Orchards on July 17 for its summer meeting.

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Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food

Posted January 2010

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Robust local food systems offer social, environmental and economic benefits. Increasingly, wholesale buyers are demanding locally grown food and growers are looking for new regional markets. In order to meet the demand for locally and regionally grown food and move significant quantities of  this food into markets such as restaurants, mainstream grocery stores and institutions, local food systems need to be scaled up or expanded from farmer-direct sales of small quantities of product to wholesale transactions. By scaling up, local food systems have the potential to borrow some of the economic and logistical efficiencies of the industrial food system while retaining social and environmental priorities such as sustainable agricultural practices and profitability for small- and mid-scale family farms and businesses.

To develop informed business development strategies for Wisconsin farmers and other supply chain start-ups, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) and UW-Extension Agricultural Innovation Center studied and documented eleven models of regional food aggregation and distribution. This work was made possible by a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.

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Full report (5 MB)

Front cover, acknowledgments and table of contents
Introduction
Alsum Produce
Cherry Capital Foods
Co-op Partners Warehouse
Fennimore Produce Auction
Growers Collaborative
GROWN Locally
High Desert Foods
Organic Valley Produce Program
Provisions International
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wescott Agri Products
Appendix 1: Case studies at a glance
Appendix 2: Additional distribution models for local and regional food; Apendix 3: Additional resources for Wisconsin entrepreneurs
Back cover