School for Urban Ag


Food and the Wisconsin Idea: The Systems That Feed Us

Date: April 2, 3:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison

Beginning Apple Grower Spring Field Day

Date: April 6, 8:30-4:30
Location: Near 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


Market Farm Madness is back!

Our NCAA-style Market Farm Madness Tournament is the perfect diversion for people who love cool farming tools. We've created a bracket with 64 different tools. Now we all get to vote for our favorites so that we can thin the field down to a champion. Each round will involve voting via an on-line survey form. more

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School for Urban Agriculture

New Spring 2019 course:
Farming in the City

Cross-listed course:
FISC 075-3 OR Soils 375
January 22-March 12, 2019
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Ag Hall Room 38
1 credit

This course is open to students enrolled in Farm and Industry Short Course, UW-Madison students and community members.

Download the course flyer

How to Register

Short Course students and community members: Registration for FISC 075-3 is through the Farm and Industry Short Course website. Complete an application to begin your registration process. For assistance with registration or general questions, contact the Short Course office at 608-263-3918.

Tuition: $460.15 (Final course rates for spring 2019 will be updated. This rate is for Wisconsin residents. Out-of-state students should inquire into course rates by emailing

UW-Madison students: To add this course, contact Julie Garvin in Soils:, 608-262-2239.

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2019 Workshops

(click on course titles for details)

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
January 11-13, 2019

The intensive three-day course demonstrates what it takes to set up and run a successful market garden or small farm.

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School
February 16-17, 2019

This two-day workshop is designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers.

About the School for Urban Agriculture

The School for Urban Agriculture fills a growing need for specialized training in urban farming and community leadership. Located in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Farm and Industry Short Course, this school accommodates students with a range of experiences and interests, from farmers who seek specialized training in urban agriculture to undergraduates working toward careers in community food systems and passionate gardeners. Students will learn about urban food production, distribution and marketing, post-harvest processing and storage, soil health remediation, food policy and more.

Why Urban Farms?

Urban farms are farms in cities, towns and suburbs that use creative approaches to produce food in small spaces. Urban farms not only provide fresh, local, nutritious food for city-dwelling consumers, they also benefit the community while greening the economy through job skills training and neighborhood revitalization.

Training in urban agriculture prepares students for a wide range of careers and service opportunities including farming, starting a food business, working for nonprofit organizations, nurseries and greenhouses, horticultural therapy, school gardens, environmental education and even Peace Corps.

The School for Urban Agriculture is a collaborative effort of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. For more information, contact Martin Bailkey,

This project is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Award 2018-70003-28118: Farming the City: Building a Competent and Diverse Workforce for Urban Agriculture.

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