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Perennial Food Crops

CIAS is working with Wisconsin farmers to create more resilient farms with perennial food crops that can be harvested year-after-year. We work on both production and supply chain challenges.


For more information contact:

  • Michelle Miller
    Associate Director

    1535 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Apples


Eco Apples

The program encourages on-farm innovation, professional development, participatory research, and civic engagement.

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award Program Supports Growers with Networking and Coaching CIAS Hosts Annual Meeting of Eco-Apple Growers
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Cider

Dierdre Birmingham, The Cider Farm. Photo credit: Michelle Miller

CIAS is working with Wisconsin cider businesses to assess and address the needs and challenges of the state’s burgeoning cider industry.

Comparing Appls to Apples CIAS Craft Cider Work Featured in Grow Magazine Hard Cider in the North Central Region

Hazlenuts

Bowl with hazelnuts


Hazelnuts are an emerging new crop for the Upper Midwest with significant economic and environmental benefits. Through research, industry development, and outreach education we are working to realize the vision of our early-adopter growers: to create a sustainable hazelnut industry modeled after the oak savanna and based on our native American hazelnut.

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative

Uncommon Fruit

Aronia berries on the vine, one of many uncommon fruits


Want to learn more about fruits like aronia, currants, saskatoon, and even jostaberries?  Information to help hobbyists, backyard gardeners, nutritionists, environmentalists and commercial fruit growers  select plants for an integrated cropping system that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Explore Uncommon Fruit

Tools and training


Fruit and Nut Compass

A forward-looking planning tool to help people plan perennial crop enterprises and evaluate the investment and eventual returns on investment over a 15 year planning horizon.

Fruit and Nut Compass Tools

 

Apple growers in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa discuss their orchards and their efforts to supply the region with local apples.

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Apple Grower Training

A three-day workshop for people wanting to start an orchard business. Understand the business from site selection, land preparation, selecting varieties, maintenance, marketing, sales, management and more.

School for Beginning Apple Growers

 

Stories from the Field: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Park III: Reducing Pesticides in Apple Production

Publications and other resources

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News

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Journal Articles and Books

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