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



Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
csp.county@gmail.com

 

Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.
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“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.


Report on First Annual Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture


Nearly 150 people from around the state attended the first annual Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture held in Madison on November 11 and 12. The Forum, sponsored by Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, was a huge success toward uniting voices from around the state in support of sustainable agriculture, clean water and healthy communities.

Dr. John Ikerd, professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, kicked off the event with an inspirational presentation on agricultural economics and sustainable rural communities, followed by questions and discussion. The forum sessions on November 12 were Farm/Food Economics; Food Quality/Farm Quality; Citizen Science/Air and Water Issues; and The Power of the Message. The sessions included expert presentations and discussion among participants.

Attendee comments and suggestions will be used to improve future conferences. The goal now with the Forum follow-up is to strengthen our efforts across the state by uniting groups and forward-thinking individuals as we work on issues of sustainability and clean water. Let us know if you would like to take a more active role in SRWN in 2012.

Go to the SRWN website www.sustainruralwisconsin.net to sign on to a letter to the DNR to request that CAFO information be available on their website, visit the interactive CAFO monitoring site, and read more on the Forum. Watch for a follow-up workshop to be held in the spring.