The Central Wisconsin Sustainability Newsletter is a collection of local, regional, national and international articles related to a variety of sustainability subjects focused on helping people learn about issues, research and events that impact sustainability in Central Wisconsin. Topic areas include food, farming, sustainable energy, and environmental health covering issues involving land, air and water. A separate topic area provides articles on more in-depth pesticide research.

You can sign up to receive a bi-monthly bulletin that highlights recent articles posted to the Central Wisconsin Sustainability Newsletter website. Upcoming local community events are also noted in the bulletin.

Upcoming Events

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Harvest of Ideas – Two Day Organic Visioning Forum!

Join us for the 11th Farmer Tribute Dinner
Tuesday. October. 30 – Wednesday, October. 31, UW-Madison Institute of Discovery (30 N. Orchard St.)

Join us to explore how education, research, and outreach on organic agriculture can support Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural landscape and resources, strengthen rural communities and economies, and connect organic agriculture from producer to plate. This event seeks to determine how the University of Wisconsin can best contribute to the advance of organic agriculture locally, nationally, and globally through education, research and outreach activities.

Tues. Oct. 30th 6:00 pm Opening Address by Dr. Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, followed by an interactive reception.

Wed. Oct. 31st 8:00 am Opening Remarks by Kate VanderBosch, Dean, UW-Madison CALS; followed by a series of panel discussions:

8:15 – 9:15 am Organic Science Panel with Julie Dawson, UW Horticulture Dept.; Dave Mortensen, Univ. of NH, Professor of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems; and Maria Finckh, Univ. of Kassel, Germany, Organic Plant Protection Dept.
9:45 – 10:45 am Organic Consumer, Marketing and Economics Panel with Matthew Dillon, director of agricultural policy and programs, Clif Bar; Alfonso Morales, UW Urban & Regional Planning Dept.; Mary Hendrickson, Univ. of Missouri, Rural Sociology Dept.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Organic Education and Extension Panel with Erin Silva, UW, State Extension Specialist in Organic Agriculture; Carol Miles, Washington State Univ., Horticulture Dept.; and Brad Heins, Univ. of MN-Morris, Dairy-Animal Science Dept.

12:45-1:00 pm Concluding Remarks

Event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by Oct. 26th. For more info and to register, visit:

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The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Renewable Energy in Wisconsin

November 1, 2018 Thursday, 12 p.m.
UW-Stevens Point Campus, Trainer Natural Resources Building, Room 170,

The cost of solar and wind power has dropped by 66-85% in the past decade. Solar and wind are cost-competitive and ready to grow and Wisconsin utilities’ plans may lead to 60% renewable energy by 2050.

Come join us to learn more from Tyler Huebner, Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin, on whether we can reach our goal or if we can do more.





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Farmer Tribute Dinner

Join us for the 11th Farmer Tribute Dinner
Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Farmshed, 1220 Briggs Court, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Farmer Tribute Dinner invites the Farm Fresh Atlas producers to dine on a locally sourced meal in celebration of the harvest.  Community members attend and sponsor the farmers’ meals as a tribute to their hard work.

Each year, Farmshed members and the regional local food community invite Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas farmers to a complimentary meal as we celebrate the end of another growing season.

Community members are encouraged to join in the celebration by purchasing tickets to the dinner and sponsoring a farmer. In addition to the yummy food, a silent auction, music, and dancing round out the evening’s fun.

Find additional details and ticket information on the Farmshed website.