17th Annual Ride to Farm with be Saturday June 5th, 2021. Registration opens April 2nd!

Join us for a beautiful 100k, or half-day, ride in Iowa County on June 5th, 2021. Our 17th Annual Ride to Farm event will start and end at Birch Lake Park in Barneveld, WI with a morning rest stop at Uplands Cheese/Grass Dairy outside Dodgeville, a lunch rest stop at Riverview Terrace Cafe just south of Spring Green, and an afternoon rest stop at the Cates Family Farm. All three stops this year will have locally sources delicious food for you to enjoy!

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 by using the Pledge link at the top of this page and putting the person's first name into the search field that appears or you can make a general donation here. Riders must raise a minimum of $100 to participate in Ride to Farm. See details for the 2021 Ride to Farm event (below) for more information on registration and eligibility for prizes.

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 600 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
  • Short-term and long-term support for the school through staff salary and 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.

Here are some details for the 2021 ride!

Ride to Farm has three route options in 2021. The full-day route is a metric century (100K) and a 3,000 ft. climb, with stops stops at both Grass Dairy/Uplands Cheese and the Cates Family Farm. If you would prefer a shorter ride, half-day routes are available in the morning and afternoon, with a farm stop on each ride (see "Half Day Ride Options," under the Event Information tab). The half-day routes are about 30 miles each. Please let us know on your registration questionnaire which of the three options you plan to ride so we can accommodate you.


All riders are asked to raise a minimum $100 in order to participate in this event. Of course we strongly encourage riders to exceed this fundraising goal and top individual fund raisers can qualify for cool prizes! We know these are unprecedented times and appreciate any donation that you and your friends and/or family can make to support your virtual Ride to Farm fundraiser cycling adventure! 

Please do not hesitate to email or call Nadia Alber with any questions about our Ride to Farm event or if you want to volunteer the day before or the day of the ride!   nalber@wisc.edu or 608-924-1154


Thank you to our ride sponsors:

Compeer Financial
Culvers Restaurants
Organic Valley Family of Farms
Wisconsin Farmers Union

Special thanks to Odessa Piper, Selena Warsaw-Lane, and Taliesin Preservations Food Artisan Immersion Program for cooking lunch for the cyclists this year!







WSBDF Partners:

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Gathering Waters Conservancy
Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership

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