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 grateful for the generous support of RESIST, Inc. RESIST funds and supports grassroots groups organizing on the frontlines of the peace, economic, social, and environmental justice movements.

“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

CSP Calendar

~May 15th, 1pm: Building the Aricultural City
Phelps Park (Park St, Decorah, IA 52101)
We invite you to an afternoon of exploring ideas for collaborative economic development among the towns and cities of the Driftless region.
We would like you to contribute to the regional dialogue, Building the Agricultural City. This new exploration focuses on how to create a more self-reliant and sustainable economy in the Driftless region for generations to come.
You will be joined by other community organizers, mayors, economic developers, ministers, farmers, bankers, and others.
For general information on the meeting, click here:
For a list of the speakers, click here:

~May 20th,  10:30am: Cattle Buying Seminar Field Day
*This Pasture Walk Field day is a follow-up to the April 29 Grassfed Beef Workshop*
Meet at the Kellogg Pavilion in the park by the river in Viola, WI (near St Rd 131 and 56).
Talks by longtime graziers Larry Smith, Jim Munch & Vance Haugen.
Participants may stay for afternoon Cattle Auction with Matthes Farms Cattle Auction
For more information, please contact Cynthia Olmstead at

~May 24th  and May 25th, 6pm to 9pm: Level 1 Water Action Volunteer Training
Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua,WI
The trainings will be led by Peggy Comptom from UW Extension WAV (Water Action Volunteer) Program and Illana Haimes WI DNR WAV Program.
For more information, please contact John Delaney at Valley Stewardship Network, john@kickapoovsn.orgor Shelly Brenneman at or call 608-637-3615.

~May 21st, 8:30am-2:00pm: What Birds Tell You About Your Land: Managing Private Lands for Bird Conservation
Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua, WI
The SW Wisconsin Driftless area provides critical habitat for neo-tropical and other threatened bird species. Join VSN and regional experts to learn how to enhance local bird habitat on your land to support and strengthen global biodiversity conservation efforts.  
This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts about the principles of bird habitat management, network with other land owners and bird conservationists, and experience a cross-section of Driftless habitats: brushland, woodland, and wetlands.  Bird survey and habitat assistance will be available as well as a wide array of resources. 
Our schedule for the day 
(rain or shine)
 7:00 am      Early Bird Hike 
 8:30 am      Registration & Coffee
 9:00 am      Workshop Session
11:00 am     Brown Bag Lunch  / Q & A / Discussion
12:00 pm     Birds & Habitats Hike
 2:00 pm      Individual Consultation Sessions

The cost of this workshop is $10 per participant.
Space is limited. Contact VSN today to reserve your spot! 
To register, call 608-637-3615 or via email to
Special note: Garlic mustard spreads in small pieces of dirt and detritus in boots, please clean your shoes. Thanks!

~May 22nd, 10:30am:  Pasture Walk:  Rod Ofte Liberty Farm
E10194 Hwy 56, Viola, WI
Sponsored by the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative (KGI) with co-sponsor, Vernon County Farm Bureau
RSVP required. Contact Cynthia Olmstead at , OR 608-606-6022
Grazing specialists, Ben Wojahn, Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation & Vance Haugen, UW Extension, Crawford County will be on hand with NRCS personnel to talk about the NRCS EQIP program. Rod will talk about lease/rental agreements.

~May 31st, 10:30am: Pasture Walk with Great River Graziers
Don Boland Farm (18732 Hwy 27, Gays Mills, WI)
Guest Speaker: Nicholas (Nick) Baker, Rock County Agriculture Agent/Crops & Soils
Focus: Surviving the forage/pasture tsunami. Determining which & how many pastures/paddocks to make hay on or how many to hold back to maintain the grazing wedge.
For more information, please contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent or 608-326-0223

~June 11th, 8:30am-2:00pm: What Birds Tell You About Your Land: Managing Private Lands for Bird Conservation
Maggie Jones and David Linton
Blue River, Crawford County, Wi
See prior May 21st equivalent event at Nature Nooks for details and schedule.
The cost of this workshop is $10 per participant.
Space is limited. Contact VSN today to reserve your spot! 
To register, call 608-637-3615 or via email to

~June 14th, 10:00am: Pasture Walk: Soil Health/Pasture Renovation and Importance of Pollinators

Ron Leurn Farm  (E7233 Spring Coulee Rd, Westby, WI)
Kim Kester, National Bee Queen, keeps hives at the farm & joining Ron to talk about incorporating & enhancing pollinators with farm operations.

For more information, please contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent or 608-326-0223

~September 10-11, Factory Farming Summit: “What to do when a CAFO comes to town”
Green Bay, WI. National event sponsored in part by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), www.sraproject.orgMore information to come.

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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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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631

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Citizens' Climate Lobby responds to 2015 State of the Union
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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

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