Farm to Fork


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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Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Sheboygan Falls Farm to High School

Posted February 2017

Farm to school typically conjures images of a young child tasting their first cherry tomato, excitedly digging up a carrot, or squeamishly holding a red wriggler worm. But farm to school can also involve high school agriculture students engaged in hands-on soil science experiments, talented culinary students developing new recipes, and creative entrepreneurs selling produce grown at their schools. While elementary schools are a natural target for farm to school efforts, Sheboygan Falls has reaped the educational benefits of farm to high school by creating opportunities for older students to learn about food and agriculture.

For more than a decade, Sheboygan Falls High School students have actively engaged in local agricultural endeavors. Before they had a school garden, students volunteered at Restoration Farms, a community garden several miles from town. In 2012, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor Bruce Brunner led the effort to construct a high-tunnel hoop house and outdoor garden space to provide those hands-on horticultural education opportunities on campus. Soon, food production expanded to include beehives, an orchard and a chicken coop with laying hens, providing an outdoor classroom for authentic learning in horticulture, biology, engineering and animal science.

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