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
http://www.grandin.com/



 

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, www.resistinc.org



Welcome Marinella Pro, Crawford Stewardship Project's Newest Coordinator

I 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 *** marinellapro1@gmail.com***

or you can call me at 608-637-7087

 


CSP Calendar

~June 21st, 1-5pm: Driftless Wi Grown's Second Annual Farm Crawl
The DWG Annual Farm Crawl is a great opportunity to explore some great farms and local businesses in Crawford County, from Locally Grown Food to Locally Grown Flowers!

Take a drive through the beautiful Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin where you will visit featured locations, meet local producers and learn what our unique region has to offer.

Driftless Wisconsin Grown's Second Annual Farm Crawl is a free event open to anyone wishing to participate.
Gatherings on the Ridge (Hwy 27, 1 mile north of Eastman) will once
again be an orienting point for our Farm Crawl. A great starting point, the Gatherings event barn will host a market with local produce, canned goods, local art.

If you love local and You are looking for an opportunity to serve, DWG is looking for volunteers to help out at the farms on the day of the event.
For more info, or to help out, contact info@driftlesswisconsingrown.org

~June 23rd, 5pm: Pie & Politics — A Commitment to Community.
This free event at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua on the shore of Chauquamagon Bay (32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, Wi) explores the question: What does it take to create a vibrant, resilient and sustainable community?
It takes a commitment from citizens to be actively engaged in community.  We need to find the shared values that lead to consensus.

We need political, social, and environmental action within our region that works to create policies that protects local control and reflects of our commitment to our vested interest in this place we call home.
This year’s Pie & Politics event features several speakers (beginning at 6:30) who will share their experiences working to protect clean water, clean air and public health in their communities. Speakers include:
Michele Merkel is co-director of Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of Food & Water Watch.  Food & Water Justice uses the court system to advocate for positive change and provides legal support for Food & Water Watch’s mission to ensure that the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.
Lynn Henning is a farmer and environmentalist from Michigan, United States. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2010, for her focus on water quality, fighting pollution from concentrated animal feeding facilities.
Sarah Lloyd of Wisconsin Dells farms with her husband and his family in Columbia County. Sarah also works for the Wisconsin Farmers Union on local and regional food system development and sits on the National Dairy Board.  Sarah represents the dairy farmers of her area on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison and teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course.
We know this is a little farther from Crawford County than CSP usually posts events, but the issues are so important and there is FREE PIE! Plus, CSP Board President Edie Ehlert will be attending, so you can contact her for carpooling potentials edieehlert@centurytel.net 608-734-3223

~June 30th, 10 am-2 pm: Tom Coleman farm and Vernon County Pasture Walk.   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.   More detail TBA soon.
Questions? Interested? Contact KGI Project Director, Cynthia Olmstead through our contact page.


~July 9th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Kratochwill Building, 206 N. Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda, WI

~July 14th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk with grazier Chad Smith.
16451 Freeman Rd, Gays Mills, WI.
Meeting requirements for Scenic Centrals AFF milk program & startup ideas for new dairy farmers.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu

~July 21st, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Konichek farm.
54226 Duha Ridge Rd. Steuben, Wi.
Interseeding bottom ground & other seeding related issues to increase forage production. Making woods into pasture or savannah.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu

~August 4th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the former Seldom Seen farm with grazier Reed Fitton.
51834 Zintz Road, Gays Mills, WI. Respected late author Ben Logan's boyhood family farm.
Evaluating the value of 2015 spring fertilization of 2014 inter-seeding paddocks & what level & method of fertilization should be used for the remainder of 2015.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~August 13th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Public Library, 230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green, WI

~August 18th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk with grazier Jim Hageman.
1459 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa
Assessing brown mid-rib sorghum (BMR), BMR sudan grass & BMR grazing corn for grazing efficacies & economics during the summer slump and/or harvesting it for winter feed.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~September 1st, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk with grazier Larry Smith.
S6498 County T, Readstown, WI
An overview of Mob Grazing versus rotational grazing. Evaluating Hidden Valley Meadow Fescue & the effectiveness of using a no-till drill to interseed meadow fescue into blue grass sod. Kura clover as a legume source will be reviewed. After Larry’s walk Intensive Mob grazing will be observed & critiqued at the Reid Ludlow farm.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~September 10th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Wyalusing State Park, Peterson Shelter, Bagley, WI

~September 12th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Proksch farm.
S3830 Newton Road, Genoa, WI
Using summer annual to stretch the grazing season with dairy goats. Looking at winter wheat and rye with turnips. How to improve the grazing efficiency of the milking goats.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~October 6th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Proksch farm.
16129 County Road T, Boscobel, WI
Developing a soil fertility plan to support an all-pasture/forage organic dairy ration & feeding strategies.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


 


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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


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Tidbits

State of our union is tied to the state of our climate
Citizens' Climate Lobby responds to 2015 State of the Union
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full story here

Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/arkansas-and-fracking
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.
Read more...


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