Ride to Farm

Thank you to everyone who partcipated in the 13th Annual Ride to Farm!

On behalf of all of us at the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, we want to thank you for being a part of this unique and meaningful event. Check back next spring for information on Ride to Farm 2017.

Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school's mission is "If you have a dream to farm, we're here to help you get started." The WSBDF emphasizes business planning and pasture-based farm management. Donations can be made to individual riders and teams, or you can make a general donation. Riders must raise a minimum of $75 to participate in Ride to Farm. See 2016 Ride Highlights below for more details.

Retiring farmers are leaving farming at a much faster rate than new farmers are starting. Our school meets the critical need to train, mentor, and support Wisconsin’s next generation of dairy and livestock farmer stewards who will work to ensure the availability of local food and healthy rural communities. Our dairy and livestock seminar emphasizes low-capital, environmentally friendly, grass-based dairy farming. About 400 students have attended the school and more than 75 percent of its graduates are farming today!

Donations will go to support WSBDF and be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Tuition scholarships and internship expenses
  • Scholarships for student travel to conferences
  • Honoraria for farmers who help teach this course
  • Long-term support for the school through its endowment at the UW-Madison

Donations will go to the University of Wisconsin Foundation and are tax deductible.

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers is sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Farm and Industry Short Course, both within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison.


2016 Ride Highlights:

There is no entry fee for Ride to Farm. However, all riders age 12 and older are required to raise at least $75 in order to participate in this event. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THIS GOAL BY JUNE 1st, 2016, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE. We strongly encourage riders to exceed this fundraising goal.


Rider teams are also strongly encouraged! We will have fabulous prizes for both the individual top fundraisers and the rider teams that raise the most money. So be sure to bring your friends! (Rider teams must raise at least $75 per rider by June 1st to participate.)

There will be rest stops (with local foods, snacks and water available) on two grass-based dairy farms. Lunch is on your own, but the official lunch stop is in New Glarus at Culver's - one of our generous sponsors. If you prefer to ride half of the course, you can either start your ride at New Glarus Woods State Park and end your ride at Culver's restaurant, or start at Culver's and end at the park. There is a short (~2 mile) paved bike path straight from the park to Culver's.

Want to join in the fun without riding? Ride to Farm needs volunteers to help the day of the event with registration, rider support and rest stops. We also need volunteers to help mark the route the day before the ride. If you'd like to help out, contact Nadia Alber at nalber@wisc.edu or (608) 265-6437. (If you're planning to ride and volunteer, you can sign up to help when your register.)

After the ride, please join us for an awards ceremony starting around 3pm. Please come enjoy drinks, food and camaraderie at New Glarus Woods State Park shelter. Families are welcome to join us for the post-ride fun!


Thank you to our ride sponsors:

American Transmission Company
Badgerland Financial
Culvers Restaurants
Organic Valley Family of Farms
Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Special thanks to the Truttmann Family Farm and the Paris Family Farm for hosting our ride.





















WSBDF Partners:

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Gathering Waters Conservancy
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership

USDA-Farm Service Agency
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course

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