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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


Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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The Wisconsin Foodshed

Posted January 2000

From 1997-2000, CIAS published a newsletter for people working to create sustainable food systems. The Wisconsin Foodshed was conceived as a forum where activists, researchers, farmers, organizations and eaters could network and learn from each other. The newsletter addressed topics such as farmers’ markets, community and prison gardens, value-added marketing cooperatives, community food security, and much more.

Volume 1, Issue 1 | February 1997
Home Grown Wisconsin cooperative; Community-university partnerships tackle food security in Wisconsin; Daniel Kemmis visits UW-Madison; Overcoming barriers to food security; What is a foodshed?

Volume 1, Issue 2 | June 1997
Madison Community Gardening Coalition; Major regional grocer goes local; Focus on food policy councils; Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits project.

Volume 1, Issue 3 | October 1997
Hunger in Milwaukee; Area farmers invade UW dining halls; Sustainable food systems conference; Wisconsin fair trade initiative records first success; Grown in the USA; Readings on the food system.

Volume 2, Issue 1 | July 1998
Gardening at the Walworth County Jail; Lessons from local, organic meal at UW; Going local in northern Wisconsin; Central city program teaches food growing and life skills.

Volume 3, Issue 1 | November 1999
Family Farmer Cheese; Direct meat marketing enhances local food systems and local culture; Selling produce to retail stores.

Volume 4, Issue 1 | June 2000
Study highlights needs of Milwaukee farmers’ markets; Web site weaves marketing, research and education to support local food systems; Nurturing the CRAFT of farming; Cooperative Enterprise Program begins growing new farmers.