Ride to Farm 2019 will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Check back soon for details and registration!

Join us for a beautiful ride with refreshment breaks at two grass-based farms. 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 the 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 475 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.

Here are some details from our 2018 ride. These will be updated soon.

2018 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 MAY 30th, 2018, 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 May 30th to participate.)

There will be rest stops (with local foods, snacks and water available) on two grass-based 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 Goodland Park and end your ride at Culver's restaurant, or start at Culver's in New Glarus and end at the park.

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, including live music from Jill and the Jax! Please come enjoy drinks, food and camaraderie at Goodland Park shelter #2. Families are welcome to join us for the post-ride fun!


Thank you to our ride sponsors:

Compeer Financial
Culvers Restaurants
Organic Valley Family of Farms
Farm First Dairy Cooperative

Spring Street Sports
Wisconsin Farmers Union

Special thanks to Fisher Valley Dairy Farm and Pauli Dairy Farm for hosting our ride!







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