“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
"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
Dr. Temple Grandin
~March 4th, 11am-2:30pm: Wisconsin Farmers Union Farm and Rural Lobby Day. Come to Madison on March 4th with fellow farmers and rural residents to talk with your legislators about important issues in your community: supporting beginning farmers and small businesses, strengthening rural schools, local control over land use, and protecting groundwater access for current and future generations. Join in and make your voice heard!
Madison Area Technical College,Madison WI.
~March 6, 2-5:30pm: 9th Annual Aldo Leopold Banquet, Silent Auction, and Mining Forum. Explore the issue of GTAC's proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills with Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association; Ashley Duffy of the UWEC Native American Student Association; Joe Rose Sr., President of Anishinabe Environmental Protection Association and elder of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe; Mike Wiggins, Chairman of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and many more activists and professors who know and care deeply about this threatened national treasure. Sponsored by the UW Eau Claire Environmental Adventure Center and the American Indian Studies Program. At UW Eau Claire in the Davies Center – Ojibwe Room. Tickets are $15.
~March 7th-9th: We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule with Paul Cienfuegos. This intensive and inspiring two-and-a-half day workshop will be put on by The Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County, at United Congregational Center, 209 W Broadway, Decorah, Iowa. For more information and registration: http://becomingwethepeople.weebly.com/
~March 12th 6-9pm: Community Rights vs. Corporate Rights Workshop – reclaiming control over our community. This workshop will cover the history of the rise of corporate rights over the rights of individuals and communities and what we can do about it! Event will be held in The ARK in Viroqua, WI. Organized by Crawford Stewardship Project and sponsored by Organic Valley and the Viroqua Food Coop. Suggested donation of $5-20.
~March 14th 5:30pm - 16th 5pm: Becoming We the People: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule with Paul Cienfuegos. This empowering two-and-a-half-day intensive workshop on how to take back our local sovereignty will be held in Black River Falls and registration will open immanently. Organized by Crawford Stewardship Project, Save the Hills Alliance, and allies across the Driftless, this event is sponsored by ActNow.
~March 14 & 15: Land + Water + Seeds = Food. Family Farm Defenders & Midwest Environmental Advocates two day Conference at UW Baraboo Campus, 1006 Connie Rd., Baraboo. CSP Board member Edie Ehlert will facilitate a workshop on Saturday, March 15, on Local control and State Preemption from 10:45am to noon. Registration: http://familyfarmers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/FFD-MEA-Conference-2014-2-4-14.pdf
For Carpooling from the Crawford County area, contact Forest Jahnke (email@example.com or (608) 632-2183)
~March 15th, 9-11:30am: Bring It Home Biofuels presents Growing Energy Self-Reliant Communities. Keynote presentation by Sunpower Biodiesel and breakout sessions on bulk delivery, usage in vehicles, municipal use, and growing local oil seed crops for fuel. To be held at the Wilton Community Center (400 East St, Wilton – one block South of Hwy 131). Free and open to the public, complementary light lunch to follow event. Questions or RSVP: 608 606-0276 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bringithomebiofuels.wordpress.com
~March 22, Registration 8:15am to 9:15am: 6th Annual Wisconsin Grassroots Festival. This year's theme is Messaging and Democracy and the extensive program will cover a wide range of topics relating to our struggles with Democracy and spreading the progressive message here in Wisconsin. CSP Co-coordinator, Forest Jahnke, is proud to be a presenter along with many activists and intellectuals from across the nation. The keynote speaker will be renowned cognitive scientist, George Lakoff (and there will be an opportunity to dine with him and a select few others, if you act now!) The festival will take place at the Wisconsin Heights High School (10173 US Highway 14, Mazomanie, WI) for $15 Pre-Registration or $20 Donation at the Door. Pre-register online today at: http://www.wisconsingrassroots.net/2014_festival
For more information, contact: Nate Timm (608) 220-0139 / email@example.com
For Carpooling from the Crawford County area, contact Forest Jahnke (firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 632-2183)
~Registration open for the DATCP Local Food Business Seminars: From food safety to marketing Seminars on February 11 – 14 will be led by DATCP meat and food safety experts, while the seminars on March 4 – 7 will focus on branding and marketing your products. For the food safety series in February and the marketing series in March, Tuesday seminars will take place in Ashland and begin at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday seminars will be hosted in Black River Falls and begin at 8:45 a.m. Thursday seminars will be held in Green Bay and begin at 8:15 a.m. Friday seminars will begin at 8:15 a.m. and be offered at DATCP in Madison or via webinar.
Complete details, including online registration and fees, are available at http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Buy_Local_Buy_Wisconsin/BLBW_Workshops. For additional information, contact DATCP’s Teresa Engel at 608-224-5101 or email@example.com.
~April 3-5, Wisconsin History Symposium: People and the Land. Panel discussions, presentations, films, and educational events to be held on the UW Platteville campus. For updates check http://www3.uwplatt.edu/history-symposium or for any questions or submissions (due December 15), contact Tracey Lee Roberts at 608.342.6159or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
~April 5th, 1:30-3pm: Kickapoo Grazin Initiative Pasture Walk onFrost seeding for pasture improvement and hay management. At the Rod Ofte farm: Willow Creek Ranch near Coon Valley. Contact KGI Project Director, Cynthia Olmstead through our contact page.
~April 11th, 7pm, and 12th, 1pm: Wes Wilson will be giving a presentation at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN, on the environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking). Frac sand mining, processing, and transportation are aspects of this extreme energy extraction practice we are facing in our region; this is a chance to learn more about the impacts on and risks to communities at the other end of the process. Wilson is a retired geological engineer and Environmental Protection Agency whistleblower, featured in the film Gasland. The presentations are free and open to the public, but registration is requested (For Friday: https://www.rochesterfranciscan.org/whats-happening/public/250-the-environmental-impacts-of-hydraulic-fracturing.html and for Saturday: https://www.rochesterfranciscan.org/whats-happening/public/251-the-environmental-impacts-of-hydraulic-fracturing.html)
This event is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, and Land Stewardship Project.
~April 12, 10am: Wetlands of the Penokee Hills. Presentation by Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Crawford Stewardship Project and the Lower Kickapoo Initiative will be co-sponsoring the event in the new Gays Mills Community Commerce Center (16381 WI 131, Gays Mills).
~April 23, 8:30 am – 3 pm: Viroqua, Women Caring for the Landworkshop. Kickapoo Grazing Initiative is partnering with Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service’s (MOSES) Women Caring for the Land project and Southwest Badger RC&D for this free workshop to support women landowners in our region. For more information, see womencaringfortheland.org/wisconsin/or contact email@example.com (608.348.7110).
~May 17th. 10am-4pm: Two-part event at the Dennis Rooney farm near Steuben: Kickapoo Grazing Initiative Pasture Walk, hosted by KGI, Dennis and Vance Haugen—UW-Extension. 1 hour break for complimentary lunch and networking time at noon. In the afternoon, Valley Stewardship Network (www.kickapoovsn.org) is working with the Driftless Folk School to host a Rotational grazing and stream quality in-depth workshop. For more information on the afternoon workshop—contact Shelly Brenneman at 608-637-3615. Save the date---details to follow in April for registration.
~July 15th, Kickapoo Grazing Initiative Pasture Walk on Recent developments and strategies for effective managed grazing of beef and dairy herds. This walk will also feature shade structures. Hosted by Ben Wojahnof Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation and farmer and entrepreneur Vince Hundt at his farm near Coon Valley. Registration details will be available in early summer.
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 $4 shipping.
Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Makes a great gift and conversation item.
Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI
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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.
Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine
Note that the area marked is just
general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3
properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres
mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac
Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.
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
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
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