CIAS Director Candidate Public Presentation: Randall Jackson

Date: December 13, 2018, 9:15am
Location: Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building, UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

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

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School

Date: February 16-17, 2019
Location: UW-Madison campus

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

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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

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018

Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

Posted October 2018

If you’re interested in perennial crops and pastured livestock, come to the Savanna Institute’s Perennial Farm Gathering to learn what farmers, scientists, and others are discovering—both what’s working well and what needs more work.

Greg Judy of Green Pastures Farms will a give a keynote presentation. Greg is the author of No Risk Ranching and Comeback Farms, and a frequent collaborator with the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. He’ll be speaking about silvopasture, mob grazing, and the business principles of improving the ecological health of owned and leased land (over 1,200 acres) by profitably raising cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, chickens and mushrooms.

Several breakout sessions are planned, including useful topics for aspiring farmers, seasoned producers, or wherever you fit in the food chain. Great food, fun music, a beautiful venue, and most of all an inspiring community promise to make this a special occasion.

Visit the Savanna Institute website for details and registration.