Date: Thursday, May 25, 9:30am
Location: Spring Green, WI
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 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
Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign
to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea
in each of the state's 72 counties. more
$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. more
Current and Past Citizens Advisory Council Members Gather for Summer Meeting
CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and our Citizens Advisory Council is at the center of our history. Past and present members of this unique advisory group gathered at Ferguson's Orchards on July 17 for its summer meeting.
CIAS Barn Dance was a Success
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance on June 27 at Schuster's Farm near Deerfield. About 175 people enjoyed music, dancing, local food, a silent auction and unequaled camaraderie at this event.
Ride to Farm Raises Funds for Beginning Farmers
Thank you to everyone who rode in, or contributed to, Ride to Farm on May 31! 73 riders (the most we've ever had) pedaled 60 miles through the hills and valleys of Iowa County to raise funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers. The ride included two gorgeous farm stops at Uplands Cheese and Cates Family Farm. Our riders raised over $15,000 for student scholarships and interships, honoraria for farmer instructors and long-term support for the school. more
What Does it Mean to Eat Well?
CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it. more
Dick and Kim Cates Receive Leopold Conservation Award
Congratulations to CIAS staff member Dick Cates and his wife, Kim, on receiving the 2013 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. This award honors Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Dick directs the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers at CIAS, in addition to managing Cates Family Farm. more
“Harvest Medley” Takes Farm to School to a New Level
Farm to school is getting a whole lot easier in Wisconsin. CIAS staff member Sara Tedeschi helped develop Wisconsin Harvest Medley Blends, which are chopped Wisconsin root vegetables ready for school food services to roast and serve. more
Farm to School Featured in “Grow”
CIAS farm to school programs—and staff member Sara Tedeschi—are featured in the Spring 2013 issue of CALS Grow magazine. CIAS has been working on farm to school since 2001, and our work has influenced farm to school programs nationwide. Read the article here, or listen to a PodCALS interview with Sara. more