EVENTS

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Date: January 9-11, 2015
Location: UW-Madison campus
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Wisconsin Farm to School Summit

Date: January 29, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
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Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

Date: February 25-26, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI
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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

$10,000 matching challenge. One week to go. Can you help?

December marks the final stretch of our year-long CIAS 25th anniversary celebration. In honor of this milestone, Waseda Farms has generously offered a $10,000 match to encourage individuals to join them in supporting the mission of CIAS. Through Sunday, December 7th, you can join in this effort and double the impact of your gift.

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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.