Farm to Fork


Agroecology Barn Dance

Date: October 10, 2015, 8-11pm
Location: Cates Family Farm, Spring Green, WI

Make it a Habit! Eat More Rabbit!

Date: October 16, 2015, 5:30-7pm
Location: Wisconsin Idea Room, Nancy Nicholas Hall, UW-Madison

F.H.King Fall Harvest Festival

Date: October 16, 2015, 5-8pm
Location: Eagle Heights Community Garden, Madison, WI

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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


Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production

The Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA), in partnership with CIAS and UW-Extension, held the 106th NNGA conference in La Crosse, July 27-29. About 150 participants from across the country gathered for three days to talk about the business of nut production, processing and marketing in the context of agroforestry and perennialization. more

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Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food

Posted January 2010


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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Front cover, acknowledgments and table of contents
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