EVENTS

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School

Date: February 20-21, 2016
Location: Madison, WI
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MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Date: February 25-27, 2016
Location: La Crosse, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

CIAS Hosts Workshop on Food Freight Innovations

CIAS rung in the new year with a workshop on freight innovations to optimize regional food resiliency. Fifty eight participants heard from ten speakers and worked in groups to address key questions about improving regional food freight. more

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Farm to School Toolkits

Farm to school encourages healthy lifestyles in children and helps support local economies. The Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits for school nutrition programs and producers can help you create a successful farm to school program in your community.

These toolkits are interactive. They include a wealth of information that will help you plan your farm to school program, source locally grown fruits and vegetables in season, work out purchasing details, estimate quantities, set prices, educate students, market your program and develop strong community partnerships. The toolkits also include links to invaluable online resources.

Wisconsin Farm to School: Toolkit for School Nutrition Programs

Updated March 2014
(Links open in new tabs. Tools are linked within each section and are also accessible individually below each section. Use the bookmarks in each PDF section to help you navigate between the text and the tools. The text of the entire toolkit, without the tools, can be found at the end of this list.)

Cover and table of contents (PDF, 4.1 MB)

Overview (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Get started (PDF, 8.0 MB)

Locate and purchase local foods (PDF, 8.8 MB)

Incorporate local foods (PDF, 8.7 MB)

Promote your program (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Educate students (PDF, 18.1 MB)

Evaluate your work (PDF, 5.4 MB)

Build sustainability (PDF, 3.0 MB)

Additional resources (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Acknowledgements (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Printer-friendly full text without tools (PDF, 2.6 MB)

 

Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkit for Producers

Updated June 2014
(Links open in new tabs. Tools are linked within each section and are also accessible individually below each section. Use the bookmarks in each PDF section to help you navigate between the text and the tools. The text of the entire toolkit, without the tools, can be found at the end of this list.)

Cover and table of contents (PDF,4.2 MB)

Overview (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Know your customer (PDF, 2 MB)

Prepare your business (PDF, 13.1 MB)

Connect with schools (PDF, 3.2 MB)

School relationships and marketing (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Additional resources (PDF, 553 KB)

Acknowledgements (PDF, 552 KB)

Printer-friendly full text without tools (PDF, 1.4 MB)

These toolkits are a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Their publication was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.