Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources

Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax deductible.

Support CSP
Send a check to:
Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of RESIST, Inc. RESIST funds and supports grassroots groups organizing on the frontlines of the peace, economic, social, and environmental justice movements.

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1948. A Sand County Almanac.

Regenerative Agriculture


For All

Helpful USDA Local Food Directories:

Farmers Markets

On-Farm Markets

Food Hubs


There's also: Land Stewardship Project's Regional CSA Farm Guide

For Farmers, Ranchers, and Landowners

USDA Tool for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

A new USDA, tailored web tool designed to connect farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.
The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner. Using the site’s Discovery Tool, farmers can build a personalized set of recommendations of USDA programs and services that may meet their needs.


The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve the marketing of their humane products, or more generally to enrich the conditions in which the farm animals are raised. Together with our farmer partners, we are leading our country back to a food system that is both financially and ecologically sustainable.

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program was launched in 2008 to strengthen Wisconsin's agricultural and food industries. The grants work to reduce the marketing, distribution and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin's food products to local purchasers. 

Farmer Rancher Grant Program

NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.

Farmer Rancher grants have funded a variety of topics including pest/disease management, crop and livestock production, education/outreach, networking, quality of life issues, marketing, soil quality, energy, and more.

  • Farmer Rancher grants individual ($7,500 maximum), partner ($15,000 maximum), or group ($22,500 maximum) grants for ideas initiated by farmers and ranchers.
  • Projects may last up to 22 months.
  • About 50 projects are funded each year.
NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.

LSP's Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land ClearinghouseAre you a beginning farmer looking to rent or purchase farmland in the Midwest? Or are you an established farmer/landowner in the Midwest who is seeking a beginning farmer to purchase or rent your land, or to work with in a partnership situation?
Then check out LSP's Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghousefor the latest listings and for details on getting your own listing posted.

Reconstructing the Vegetation Past of the Driftless

To know what we should aim for, it helps to know what was there before. This study includes wonderful maps of what the pre-European Driftless landscape consisted of. As it turns out, largely oak savannah!

2015 Farm Land Crop lease Agreement
With conservation options and stipulations

New Publication Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Organic Transition
With less than five months remaining in the current fiscal year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) still has nearly one billion dollars available for farm loans to help family farmers across the country buy land. For new farmers out there, if you’ve been looking for farmland in your area and have been searching for ways to help finance the purchase, check out FSA farm loans to see if they meet your needs. Check out NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs for more information on FSA farm loans, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Holistic Mangaged Grazing

Managed Grazing of Beef Cattle

Kickapoo Grazing Initiative

Managed Grazing in Stream Corridors

MN Department of Agriculture

Small Scale Pastured Hogs

Grassworks has tons of free resources on grass-based farming systems.

Industrial Agriculture

Pig CAFO Public Hearing Leaves Questions Unanswered

Mark Cain, Joe Baeten, and Tom Bauman of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ran last Friday's public hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig 5-year Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (WPDES) permit. Just over thirty area residents filled the room in Wauzeka's Century Hall.
In his overview of the permit, Mark Cain explained that this WPDES permit is a “zero discharge permit”, though when it comes to monitoring and enforcement, he noted that it is essentially a “self-reporting system”. Many in the audience were also surprised to hear both the DNR and the owner, AV Roth, claim that there is no plan to expand the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) or increase the manure output.
This was surprising because according to the revised Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) submitted – after the first was found to be incomplete and sent back by the DNR – the estimated amount of manure produced had more than doubled to 3.1 million gallons of liquid plus another 264 tons of solid manure. Many of the public comments heard commented on this notable increase in manure and the question was asked how this could be, if there was no planned expansion of the CAFO. In total, eleven members of the public spoke at the hearing, ten with concerns and questions and one in support of the operation. Increased phosphorus levels in a number of fields was also stated as a concern, with many fields requiring retesting this fall. None of the questions or discrepancies were addressed during the hearing, and individuals were left try to get their concerns addressed as the DNR wrapped up their presentation equipment.
Crawford Stewardship Project will continue working with the public, Roth Feeder Pig, and the DNR to clarify the situation and that the DNR does not permit an expansion, as the current NMP states. Had there been a substantive prior conversation to this hearing between CSP and the DNR, as in past years based on the annual expert review of the NMP funded by CSP, many of these issues could have been addressed before-hand.

For more information, please contact CSP Coordinator, Forest Jahnke 632-2183

Kewaunee County
When Industrial Farming meets Karst Geology

The Rap Sheets

Industrial Dairies in Kewaunee County The Regulatory Failure of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: A Threat to Public Health and the Environment

Kewaunee CARES - Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship

Restore Kewaunee

Great information from one of the areas most hard hit by factory farms.

The Power to Pollute

Big Agribusiness’s Political Dominance in Madison and Its Impact on Our Waterways.
Read the full report here....





A Dozen CAFO Talking Points

Damage to Property Values

2012 Map - How Many CAFOs in Your County?