EVENTS

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison
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Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Date: January 11-13, 2019
Location: UW-Madison campus
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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



Join the First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Save the date: Wisconsin Chili Lunch November 15, 2018

REGISTER HERE:
https://go.wisc.edu/635g7i

Join K-12 schools, early care and education programs, hospitals, and colleges in celebrating local foods by cooking up the Wisconsin Chili Lunch recipe on Thursday, November 15!

Make the special Wisconsin Chili Lunch recipe using locally-grown ingredients, and customize it to meet your needs! Add local meats, cheese, or yogurt! Serve it in a bowl, on a baked potato, or with a cinnamon roll!

The Wisconsin Chili Lunch is a great way to highlight your farm to cafeteria efforts, practice using local foods, support Wisconsin farmers and join forces with cafeterias and kitchens across the state to be “vocal for local.” Register for the Wisconsin Chili Lunch to let us know you are interested and to receive more info.

Read this article from the La Crosse Tribune about the successful 2017 Coulee Region Farm2School Chili Lunch, which launched the statewide event:
Farm2School to hit on healthy, local eating with chili at 33 La Crosse area schools

Thank you to the Coulee Region Farm2School partners for developing a tasty chili recipe and sharing it with the state!

REGISTER HERE: https://go.wisc.edu/635g7i
K-12 RECIPE WITH CREDITING HERE: https://go.wisc.edu/7kn860
ECE RECIPE WITH CREDITING HERE: https://go.wisc.edu/t020n1
25 SERVINGS: HOSPITALS, COLLEGES AND OTHER SITES: https://go.wisc.edu/u31002
100 SERVINGS: HOSPITALS, COLLEGES AND OTHER SITES: https://go.wisc.edu/236122
CHILI LUNCH SOURCING GUIDE: https://go.wisc.edu/3mygbv
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER: https://go.wisc.edu/i0433a
DOWNLOAD SAVE THE DATE CARD: https://go.wisc.edu/4a46x4

Love the recipe but want to substitute or add ingredients like meat, dairy, or other vegetables? Use the USDA Food Buying Guide to determine how much to purchase and how these substitutions or additions will credit in your recipe.

Looking for help to launch your lunch? Email Vanessa Herald (vherald@wisc.edu) for information and guidance including: adapting the recipe, crediting toward the meal pattern, sourcing Wisconsin-grown foods, promoting your event, etc.

Partners: UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; Community GroundWorks; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; REAP Food Group; Nourish; The Parenting Place; Kids Forward; Coulee Region Farm to School; La Crosse County Health Department

Sponsors: USDA Farm to School, W.K. Kellogg Foundation