Building Community and Equity Through Urban Agriculture

Date: June 8, 2019, 8;30-4:30
Location: Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison

From Grain to Plate Field Day

Date: June 30, 2019, 10:30am-3pm
Location: Meadowlark Organic Farm, Ridgeway, WI

Container Farms: Unique Structures for Growing Vegetables

Date: July 7, 2019, 10-3
Location: Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison

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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


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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Q&A with Finalists for the Madison Terminal Market Feasibility Study

Date: December 5, 2018, 9-11:30am

Location: Madison Municipal Building

Posted November 2018

In February 2018, CIAS co-hosted a Madison Area Local Food Buyer & Distributor Meeting in collaboration with the City of Madison. Since then, CIAS, the city and partners such as the Wisconsin Food Hub Co-op have continued to advance the idea of a multi-tenant food aggregation, distribution and cross-docking facility, or “terminal market,” in metro Madison.

This August, the Madison Common Council approved up to $100,000 of funding for a feasibility study of a food terminal and cross-dock facility to (1) serve food retailers, restaurants, processors, and institutions in metro Madison, and (2) help connect Wisconsin growers to larger metro markets, such as Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Two consulting firms (ACDS and Crossroads) have been selected as finalists. They will be presenting their proposed approaches to the feasibility study 9-11:30am Wednesday, December 5th at the Madison Municipal Building (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703, Room 022).

Questions and input from local businesses and organizations are encouraged at the presentations.

Questions? Please contact Lindsey Day-Farnsworth (, 608-890-2433) or George Reistad (, 608-266-4611).