Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats
of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use,
environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin
Welcome Marinella Pro, Crawford Stewardship Project's Newest CoordinatorI am delighted to have joined Forest Jahnke and all the beautiful folks at CSP. After much introspective and professional search it seems like I have landed in a very good place!
I am a native of Torino, a big industrial city in the northern part of Italy. I spent most of my childhood between the city and the nearby mountains where my love of the outdoors first developed. Since a very young age I have been afflicted by wanderlust, a desire for adventures, and a love of nature.
After receiving my Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I traveled extensively throughout Europe and lived in Greece and the Czech Republic where I taught languages and environmental education. One day my father told me that the YMCA was looking for a counselor in the United States, I applied for the job and few months later I found myself in Almond, WI in the middle of nowhere. After few weeks of intense cultural shock I met a man who invited me canoeing on the Wisconsin River. Probably because I did not understand English very well at that time, I said yes, and then it all started! I fell in love with the flowing river, the majestic rocks formation at the Dells, the big American sky and also with that man.
To make the story short, after traveling between Italy and the USA for several years, we moved to La Crosse, where our two daughters Elisa and Sophia were born. In La Crosse, I joined the Three Rivers Waldorf School community as a kindergarten teacher until 2013, when it closed down. This was a critical formative experience that taught me the value and importance of community work.
I now live in Viroqua with my family, enjoying the peace and quiet of small town living, striving to find balance in a fast moving world. When I look back at my life it makes me think of a flowing river, maybe the Wisconsin river or the Kickapoo, with currents, ripples and pools. Having found the wonderful people at CSP feels like standing in a cool pool in a hot summer day! I am happy and honored to take up the challenge as the new CSP co-coordinator. I am looking forward to working with all of you in an attempt to find empathetic ways to approach environmental change at a local level. LIttle ripples have the potential to make big waves!
Please, feel free to contact me at *** email@example.com***
or you can call me at 608-637-7087
~June 30th, 10 am-2 pm: Tom Coleman farm and Vernon County Pasture Walk. S3411 Coleman Ln, Viroqua, WI.Kickapoo Grazing Initiative, Vernon LAWC and NRCS bring you this pasture walk. Topics will include soil health as well as fencing and water sources for managed rotational grazing.
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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $5 shipping.
Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Makes a great gift and conversation item.
Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI
Dowload the most recent CSP Newsletter Spring 2015
Crawford Stewardship Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Wisconsin. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Support CSP Send a check to:
Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
The other states are also accessible.
Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.
CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.
Read all about what you can do....
Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List