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


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

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110,

CSP Calendar

Love The Land Event Feb 7, 2015 Crawford Stewardship Project


~January 24th, 2pm: FLOW Annual Banquet. In Plains, WI at the Green Technology Center. Details to come. For more information, contact Timm Zumm at

~January 23-25th: The 84th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention
This year's sessions will take place in The Plaza in Eau Claire and will build upon the WFU motto of being "United to Grow Family Agriculture."
On Saturday, our keynote speakers will be National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and Francis Thicke, well-known "agtivist," author and Iowa dairy farmer.
Sessions are being planned on a wide range of topics, including broadband access, rural schools, cover crops, high capacity wells, emerging ag technologies, agritourism, farm bill programs, hedging and renewable energy. Attendees also play an important role in shaping WFU policy as the organization sets its resolutions and policy priorities for the coming year. 
A youth program and child care are available throughout the weekend. Join us for a weekend full of great speakers, entertainment, local food and fellowship!
Watch for more details soon at

~January 28th, noon: Webinar: Shaping the Future of Energy: New York’s Perspective
Solar champ, Richard Kauffman, NY Governor Cuomo's Chairman of Energy and Finance is leading the Empire State’s comprehensive strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient, reliable and affordable energy system. Under Mr. Kauffman’s leadership, New York has initiated groundbreaking regulatory and programmatic reform strategically designed to fundamentally re-think the state's approach to power with customer-driven clean energy at the center. Mr. Kauffman will share the most recent developments on these initiatives, including the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, NY Green Bank, The Clean Energy Fund, other ambitious state efforts.
Register here

~January 30th and 31st: Seeds for Change: Learning from the Past to Grow Food for Tomorrow. Wisconsin Local Food Network's Wisconsin Local Food Summit at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids.
Keynote speakers for the event are Venice Williams, Executive Director, Alice's Garden; and Irwin Goldman, Professor and Department Head, University of Wisconsin, Department of Horticulture and coordinator, Open Source Seed Initiative.
There will be a wide variety of breakout sessions on Infrastructure/ Organizational Development, Market Development / Consumer Education and Promotion, Policy Outreach and Education / Food Security and Health, Farm to School Initiatives, Community Development, and Producer Development.
The Wisconsin Farm to School Summit precedes the event, taking place on Thursday, January 29. Save $20 when you register for both summits!

Wisconsin Local Food Summit registration rates:

-Gen. Admission $125 thru 1/26/15, $145 at the door

-Farmer/Student $105 thru 1/26/15, $125 at the door

-Single day $80 thru 1/26/15, $100 at the door

For more details or to register, check out the Wisconsin Local Food Network website.

~February 7th, 7-11:30pm:  Crawford Stewardship Project's Third Annual Benefit: Love the Land! 
Music and Dance Celebration of our our Driftless Region and efforts to Protect it.  Joining us again as our main act will be the Bad Ax Blues Band to keep your feet moving late into the evening.  We will hold a silent auction of art and a wide range of other local goodies for you to browse while sipping on your artisan Driftless Brewing Company beer or Tea for the People and munching on our assortment of baked goods.
Join us in the Community Room of the Gays Mills Commerce Center (16381 State Highway 131, Gays Mills, WI)
Recommended donation of $10 at the door is as always much appreciated
For more information, contact: Forest Jahnke ( or (608) 632-2183) or visit our website:  

~ February 25-26: Organic Agriculture Research Symposium. This event takes place in La Crosse, WI, and will focus on on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture, in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event. Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results.

Organic farmers and students are particularly encouraged to attend this symposium, and a limited number of scholarships are available (scholarship information coming soon). Registration fees include a program, educational materials, break refreshments and lunch on Thursday. For more information, see

Register online

~February 26-28th: MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse, WI.

67 Workshops over 6 Sessions | 2-Floor Exhibit Hall | 3,000+ Participants
The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support, and
look cool wearing plaid!

~~March 10th, 10am-2pm: Crawford Stewardship Project's Annual Farmer Forum will take place at the Wauzeka Village Hall, 213 East Front Street, Wauzeka, WI.
Our speaker line-up is not yet finalized, but we will have representatives of the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems, a representative of Nieman Ranch speaking about swine feeder pig production and certification, farmers speaking about success with alternatives to expansion, information on certification programs and, if there is interest, an expert on composting swine manure. We are planning a panel discussion on alternatives to expansion for existing farm operations.
A free lunch will be served. Hope to see you there, and tell all your farmer friends!

~March 14th, noon-4pm: Family Farm Defenders Annual Meeting with updates on such issues as the dairy crisis, frac sand mining, climate justice, genetically modified organisms, and factory farm struggles, as well as board elections. The public is most welcome to attend!
This will be followed from
5-9pm by the John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Award Dinner & Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Marty Strange, co-founder of the Center for Rural Affairs and author of Family Farming: a New Economic Vision. Award Dinner tickets: $50 ($35 for low income or student)

RSVP or for more info, contact FFD: 608-260-0900 or

~March 19th: 5th Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium, "Making Connections for Clean Water"
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Dreyfus University Center
The Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Project is a water quality monitoring effort designed to improve conditions in the Wisconsin River and its tributaries by focusing actions to reduce algae blooms and pollution. Improving water quality in the Wisconsin River basin is important to our quality of life, the local and state economy, tourism, property values and recreational opportunities.
Symposium Highlights:

  • Updates on water quality conditions and the TMDL process for the Wisconsin River and its tributaries and reservoirs. 

  • Presentation and discussions will focus on overcoming challenges by building partnerships within the watershed. 

  • Presenting creative solutions that inspire action, and allow for attendees of all backgrounds to learn from and network with one another. 

For more information on the symposium call 715-346-4155 or email

~April 20-25th, Chippowa River Waterwalk
During Earth Week in April, Ojibwe Women, led by Sandra Day,  will  participate in the Chippewa River Waterwalk beginning in New Post, WI, 5 days before gathering in Wabasha, MN at the mouth of the river for the 10th Anniversary of the Aldo Leopold Celebration. Stops will be made along the way in various areas of the trip.  As we know it now, the Chippewa River is affected or will be potentially impacted by its tributaries as pollutants accumulate at its mouth. Your group may find this time as an appropriate time to walk, bike or canoe along portions of the River and also participate in activities in Wabasha.
More details to come. For more info, please contact Sharon Day ( or 651-325-8077)

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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 $4 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

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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.

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
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.

Frac Sand Weekly
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 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

Link to Crawford Stewardship Project's Facebook page