Due to COVID-19, the 16th Annual Ride to Farm will be virtual. Registration opens July 6th, 2020!

Join us for a beautiful ride somewhere of your choice! Whether you plan to bike to a farm, a farmers market or a grocery store that sells local dairy, meat and eggs, please raise funds for beginning dairy and livestock farmers while out cycling by yourself or with members of your family/household. Scroll down to read about how Dick Cates (former WSBDF Director) is planning to kick-off the 2020 Virtual Ride to Farm!

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 2020 virtual rides (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 2020 virtual rides!

Whether you plan to bike to a farm, a farmers market or a grocery store that sells local dairy, meat and eggs, please raise funds for beginning dairy and livestock farmers while out cycling by yourself or with members of your family/household.

Dick Cates, former WSBDF Director, will kick-off the 2020 Virtual Ride to Farm! He will be biking for about 10 days (from July 7th-17th) with his brother John (66 yrs) and John's youngest son Rock (23 yrs). He will meet them in Fargo, ND on their bicycle ride across the US. Check them out on Facebook at "John and Rock Ride the States". Dick is planning to ride 500 miles from Fargo back down to southern Wisconsin. He is going to wear his Ride to Farm jersey and raise funds for beginning farmers while on his adventure! 

You can plan a ride, just like Dick, and get a "Virtual Ride to Farm 2020" T-shirt as well as be featured on the Ride to Farm website and get sway from our sponsors (please supply photos of your adventure!). There is no entry fee for Ride to Farm. After you register you will be contacted by Nadia Alber, WSBDF Director. Details of your ride and photos will be posted on this site (just like Dick's above) as well as on social media if you give permission. All riders, however, 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 how the Virtual Ride to Farm will work!  nalber@wisc.edu or 608-924-1154

 

Thank you to our ride sponsors:

Compeer Financial
Culvers Restaurants
Organic Valley Family of Farms

Spring Street Sports
Wisconsin Farmers Union

Special thanks to Dick Cates for kicking-off our ride this summer!

   

 

 

 

 

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