CIAS Barn Dance was a success

14547911361_fc70e2dc5a_hThank you so much to everyone who came out to the CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance on June 27 at Schuster’s Farm near Deerfield. About 175 people enjoyed music, dancing, local food, a silent auction and unequaled camaraderie at this event.

This was a mulit-generational gathering including members of the inaugural CIAS Citizens Advisory Council, CIAS directors from past and present years, old and new friends, and lots of students. Some CIAS supporters drove hundreds of miles to the dance, while a group of students organized a “bike pool” from Madison to Schuster’s Farm.

Thirsty Roots, which includes CIAS Director Mike Bell and several other members of the award-winning class-grass ensemble Graminy, provided the music for traditional and contra dances called by Roger Diggle.

Check out the CIAS Flickr and Facebook pages for more photos of this dance.

Thanks also to everyone who sponsored or provided donations for this barn dance. The following local farms and businesses donated food:

Chad Backes and Nadia Alber (pork)
Carandale Farm (strawberries)
Cates Family Farm (summer sausage)
Cedar Grove Cheese (cheese)
Paine Family Farm (beef)
Uplands Cheese (cheese)

Event sponsors included:

Gold level
Bradshaw-Knight Foundation, Inc.
The Conscious Carnivore
Midwestern Bio-Ag/Gary Zimmer
Schuster’s Farm

Silver level
Gerry Campbell and Karen Goebel
Heartland Credit Union
Organic Valley

Bronze Level
Badgerland Financial
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program
Fair Share CSA Coalition
Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
PastureLand Cooperative
REAP Food Group

CIAS wishes to extend a huge thank-you to Don and Theresa Schuster for hosting this event. Don Schuster served as CIAS staff economist for many years, and his farm provided a gorgeous setting for this anniversary celebration.

Stay tuned for more CIAS 25th anniversary events this fall, including a CIAS reunion on December 5!

– Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems