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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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Uncommon Fruits with Sustainability Potential

Posted August 2007

black currantsSince 2003, Carandale Farm has been evaluating 42 unusual fruits for environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The goal is to find nutrient-rich fruits that can be grown easily, without a lot of labor or chemicals. The fruits must provide economic viability for the farm. Carandale owners Dale and Cindy Secher are developing a “short list” of unusual fruits that farmers can grow to develop local markets and local food systems.

The following two publications provide details about the Carandale fruit trials and fruit crops that have shown promise in these trials:

Uncommon Fruit Crops With Sustainability Potential (PDF). Provides information about the cultivation, economic potential, health characteristics, environmental considerations, and marketing potential for the eight most promising fruits in the Carandale trial. Written for growers.

Uncommon Fruits at Carandale Farm (PDF brochure). Provides more general information about the four most promising fruits found in the Carandale trial, and how they fit into a sustainable food system. Written for a general audience.