A conference for faculty, students, and staff involved in sustainable agriculture initiatives and programs on Wisconsin campuses.
Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st, 2008
University of Wisconsin-Madison Pyle Center
Wisconsin farmers and consumers have been leaders in developing and adopting sustainable agriculture practices and food systems, from organic agriculture and management intensive grazing to community-supported agriculture, farmers’ markets, and use of local, sustainable food in restaurants, institutions and homes.
As demand for sustainably produced food continues to grow, Wisconsin colleges, universities, and students are responding by developing academic programs, research, and practical projects in sustainable agriculture. The conference will offer tracks focusing on curriculum and program development, sustainable agriculture in practice on campuses, and establishing links with the wider sustainable agriculture community.
This conference will allow these new initiatives to learn from each other and establish new formal and informal ties between institutions.
Conference participants and presenters will include faculty, staff, and students from UW system campuses, technical colleges, and private colleges in the state, as well as farmers and staff from non-governmental organizations involved in sustainable agriculture education.
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Register before October 15th to get the early registration discount!
See the conference flyer and registration form for fees.
Questions? Contact Angela Chopp at (608) 265-9585.
Online registration is available.
UW-Madison Lowell Center
The Lowell Center is conveniently located near the Pyle Center and Madison’s State Street, where you will find lots of great restaurants and shops. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Lowell Center; as this block will be released on 9/30, please register for your room before this date. Rates: Single room, $89/night; double room: $99/night. State rates are available. To register, go to the Lowell Center’s website and use the group number WISAG.
Short Course Dorms
These dormitories are located on the UW-Madison campus within walking distance of the Pyle Center. Rates per person are $35/night for single occupancy and $24/night for double occupancy. To reserve a room, contact Mary Vance, dorms manager, at email@example.com or 608-262-2270. Indicate that you are attending the Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture conference.
Student Home Stays
Students, faculty, and staff who live in Madison have offered to let out of town students attending the conference stay in their homes. If you would like to ask about a home stay, please e-mail Diane Mayerfeld with your name and contact information. (And if you live in or near Madison and would like to offer a place to stay, please e-mail Diane Mayerfeld with that information.) Please type “home stay” in the subject line of your message.
If you wish to reserve a table to display information about your institution or program, please contact Chris Elholm at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 890-1456 by October 15th. Cost per table is $40.
Friday, October 31
10:00: Registration opens
10:45: Keynote: Jerry DeWitt, Iowa State University
11:30: Panel discussion: How will our institutions address and support sustainable agriculture education in the next five years?
1:30: Breakout session I
3:00: Resource exchange
3:45: Breakout session II
5:15: Further discussion sessions (optional)
Saturday, November 1
9:30: Breakout session III
11:00: Resource exchange
1:00: Roundtable discussion: What we learned and next steps
2:15: Conference ends
Breakout sessions (PDF)
This conference was planned by many individuals including faculty, students and staff from:
- Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Landscape, Plant and Turf Management Program
- Madison Area Technical College, Center for Agriscience & Technologies
- UW-Eau Claire Foodlums
- UW-Madison Agroecology Program
- UW-Madison F.H. King Students of Sustainable Agriculture
- UW-River Falls, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences – Sustainable Agriculture Program
- UW Extension
- UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
- North Central Region SARE Program
Funding for the conference was provided by the North Central Region SARE Program.