Driftless Region Events

For other events relevant to our food systems work in the Driftless, be sure to visit the event calendar on the MOSES website.


Upcoming Driftless Region Food & Farm Project Events

August-December 2013:

Aronia Field Day, Saturday, August 24th, 9:30-2pm, Star Valley Flowers, Soldiers Grove, WI. To register, RSVP to phil@starvalleyflowers.com

Growing Woody Perennials in the Kickapoo Region, Thursday September 12, 8:30-5, Viroqua. To register, go to www.cias.wisc.edu

Driftless Experimental Wine Festival, October 2013. Go to www.AppleRiverWinery.com, Driftless page for more information. To register as a vendor, email  MountHopeVineyard at yahoo.com


Previous Events:

July 23, 2010 – Driftless Region Food System Convention #3

  • Click here for a Powerpoint presentation on local/regional value chains.

March 18 – Driftless Region Food System Convention #2

January 22 – Driftless Region Food System Convention #1

Partner Events:

March 28-29 – Badger Lapidary & Geological Society 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show

April 24 – 8th Annual Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival

June 11 – Key Ingredients: First Fabulous Feast

October 2010 – Key Ingredients: America by Food at the Woolen Mill Gallery in Reedsburg, WI. A traveling Smithsonian exhibit.

4 thoughts on “Driftless Region Events

  1. Gerald Podraza

    Please place on the Food & Farm Project website calendar the following event: Driftless Experimental Wine Festival, oct 20, 2013

    See http://www.AppleRiverWinery.com, Driftless page for further details. To receive a registration form, exhibitor/consumer email MountHopeVineyard@yahoo.com

    see synopsis below:

    The Driftless Experimental Wine Festival was initiated to bring together boutique and independent wine makers who produce wines made from grapes grown within the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA (Northwest Illinois, Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota, and Southwest Wisconsin), the Driftless Area. Efforts have been realized to develop initial flavor profiles for French-American Hybrid grapes and Northern Cultivars developed at the University of Minnesota. In order to further those efforts, terroir influenced wines need to be explored.

    This event is the first step in a series that will exhibit experimental wines produced only from local and state specific (UMRV AVA) grown grapes. The experience will provide consumers with an opportunity to enjoy similarities and begin to identify differences, terroir influence, between those wines. Gross proceeds from the event will fund scholarships at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in Horticulture (viticulture) and Architecture (winery design).


  2. Lisa Middleton

    may I please get a list of all the the organic farms in the driftless region? I would like to add them to a map I’m making a decorative map that includes historical sites, recreation areas, and scenic areas
    or please call me:

    1. Michelle Miller Post author

      Lisa, we don’t keep that sort of information. You might find what you are looking for at the DATCP organic program office, or by approaching the certification agencies, such as MOSA. Farmers in the driftless are certified by other agencies, but I am not sure which ones. The DATCP office is specific to WI, but they might be able to help you connect with the MN, IA, and IL data, too. Or you could find farmers through their businesses, such as Organic Valley farmers? IDK if farm location is readily available, but any of these places would know. Good luck – it sounds like a great idea and would sell well at the Organic Farming Conference next year.


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