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,

Coming Right Up... The Crawford County Fair!

Crawford Stewardship Project will once again be taking part August 27th-30th in this annual celebration of our rural county and our farming heritage. We'll be continuing on in our own tradition of never avoiding the tough conversations that arise from our land uses. This is why we're excited to be having these discussions in a new, fun, and interactive way through Valley Stewardship Network's Driftless Ecoscape! This lovely hand-crafted scale model will allow us to visually demonstrate the effects of various riparian land uses on our watersheds and talk about how we can avoid the potentials of runoff and contamination.
The fair also represents a long time committment for Crawford Stewardship Project and we'd love to have some volunteer help at our table! If you've been wanting an opportunity to plug into, this is the perfect time to come out, catch up on our efforts, and facilitate some important conversations with our local community.
We also have a special offer for any volunteers: the first volunteer to come forward for each day will recieve a free day pass for the fair! If you have a few spare hours from Thursday August 27th to Sunday August 30th, please don't hesitate to contact CSP Coordinator, Forest Jahnke at or 608-632-2183

CSP Calendar


~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
*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

~September 4th, 5-5:45pm: Clean Green! With homemade non-toxic cleaning products.
Crawford Stewardship Project welcomes all to attend this workshop at the Kickapoo Exchange Food Co-op in Gays Mills.

Mexican Biologist and Community Organizer, Omaru Heras-Ornelas, will be teaching us how to make simple, cheap, and all natural household cleaning products!
After the class and some discussion, participants will be able to bring home a free sample of the cleaner we create to try at home.
The class is Free and Open to the Public.
For more information, contact Forest Jahnke at 608-632-2183 or

~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
*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

~ September 12, 5:30pm: Driftless Wisconsin Grown's 4th Annual Harvest Dinner!

Help support Driftless Wisconsin Grown and enjoy amazing local hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts made by Chef Mark Oppermann, within the elegant setting of Jay and Jeannie Aspenson’s rustic barn, Gatherings on the Ridge.  Show your support for Driftless Wisconsin Grown and join in the local foods movement!
Mark Oppermann of Sharing Spaces Kitchen has been an area chef for many years and we are so excited to have him bring his local dishes to the Harvest Dinner! We are also excited to have very talented fiddle player Crisse Reynolds accompanied by Brad Johnson and Bill Rice with the band Sixteen Strings and a Stick play music throughout the evening. Local wine and beer will also be available.
A fun, local meat/produce raffle will take place as well as a live auction by the Kramer Auction house. Unique items that cannot be purchased elsewhere, such as local fishing trips, kayaking tours, and even llama walks will be auctioned!
Tickets will be available soon on the website for $35.00 per adult, $17.50 per child age 5-12, and free for children age 4 and under. Cash bar available.

Art for Earth Celebration 
~Sept. 22-27 in Viroqua, WI
Valley Stewardship Network and The Viroqua Women's Theater Project announce a celebration called - VIROQUA ART FOR EARTH. The events will take place at the Ark, 501 Jefferson St., from September 22 to 27. 
Gallery Showing of 'Daughters of the Earth' by Janet Essley features 14 colorful and large portraits of women from around the world who work for the basic human right to clean water and food. Opening Sept. 1, 7-9 pm and showing through October 2nd.

Poetry contest- There is an opportunity to write a poetic response to a “Daughters of Earth” painting. 30 lines or fewer. Deadline: September 20th. $50 First prize. Contact: Poetry will be read on Sunday evening September 27th.  9 of the paintings can be viewed at: 
Tuesday, September 22
nd  7 pm, The week will begin with an Equinox Celebration hosted by Valley Stewardship Network. 

Friday September 25
th, 7:30 pm,  Daughters of Earth.  Stories told in Word and Song. Viroqua women share stories about the Community Activists featured in Janet Essley's Dynamic "Daughter's of Earth" paintings.  Community activist and song leader Liz Rog will weave in songs aligned with these stories for audience participation. 
Saturday, September 26
th, 1-6 pm- brings a "Council of All Beings" an opportunity to create an artistic representation of the species of your choice and to speak for it in council followed by a potluck. 
Saturday, September 26
th  8 pm-  The Viroqua Women's Theater Project presents local, original play "Dam! - the play", a look at the ecosystem of a pond and of a family.  Additional performances Friday through Sunday October 2,3 and 4.  All Performances at 8 pm except for Sunday matinee at 2 pm. 

Sunday, September 27th, 1-3 pm-
Songs of Healing and Peace.  Community Song Circle with Liz Rog.  All voices welcome, no experience needed! We use the collective brain in the body to weave songs and community, deepening our sacred respect and wonder in the face of all nature. 
Sunday September 27th, 7 pm-
Playback and Poetry Evening features poetry contest readings and an evening of Playback Theater, an improvisational story form where the audience tells a story from their lives and watch it enacted on the stage.  
These events are a benefit for River Alliance of Wisconsin and The Ark Cultural Center.
Jenny Cain and Sara Martinez, the organizers of this event would like to invite you and your friends and family to come and celebrate our connections to life through Art.   
For more information contact Jenny Cain at or Sara Martinez at

~October 6th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Gildersleeve 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
*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

~October 30, 10am-2pm: 2015 Crawford County Clean Sweep
To take place at the
Seneca Highway Shop (21515 WI-27, Seneca, Wi)
At this year's Clean Sweep the county will be collecting e-waste (no appliances, microwaves, a/c units, etc.), chemicals, lightbulbls, and paints free of charge. Thank you to all the villages and townships around the county that contributed to this important public service!

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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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Crawford Stewardship Project sincerely apologizes for inadvertently using the name of Ted Pennekamp and the Courier Press on a picture in association with an article about sand mining in Crawford County that appeared on page 3 in our Spring/Summer Newsletter. We have permission to use the image, but wish to make it perfectly clear that Ted Pennekamp and the Courier Press are in no way affiliated with Crawford Stewardship Project, nor does the appearance of their names imply any agreement with or support of Crawford Stewardship Project's actions or opinions. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused, and thank everyone for their understanding.

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.

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P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631

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

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.


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