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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


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Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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Growing Food in Urban Areas

Date: July 13, 2019, 8:30-4:30

Location: Troy Farm, Madison

Posted May 2019

This workshop will cover the unique opportunities and challenges in urban farming and large-scale gardening. The instructors will walk participants through farm and garden planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Participants will engage in hands-on learning with tools and supplies at Troy Farm. Topics will include:

  • Securing land for farms and gardens
  • Criteria for selecting and evaluating the suitability of a site
  • Repairing a farm or garden site following previous land uses
  • Determining needed physical infrastructure (greenhouses/hoop houses, sheds, fencing, etc.)
  • Managing labor

The workshop will present the urban food production—from planting to post-harvest handling—drawing from two decades of food production at Troy Farm.

This workshop is part of the School for Urban Agriculture 2019 Summer Workshop Series. For details and registration, visit the School for Urban Agriculture website.