UW-Sprout Campus Garden

The Campus Garden Work Group (a sub-committee of the Sustainability Steering Committee) has developed a proposal for a campus garden, appropriately named "UW-Sprout Campus Garden." This garden will be located just west of Parking Lot 17.

UW-Sprout Campus Garden

Local and Sustainable Purchasing

UW-Stout's University Dining Service is a member of the Fifth Season Cooperative in Viroqua, WI.  UDS' growing partnership with Fifth Season allows us to offer local produce in our dining halls and other retail locations.

Fifth Season Apples

Using the AASHE STARS assessment tool, we recently calculated UW-Stout's food and beverages purchases for 2011 and found that UW-Stout purchased 16.14% local (grown and processed with 250 miles of our campus) and third-party certified food and beverages (USDA Certified Organic, Marine Stewardship Council Blue Ecolabel, Food Alliance, Fair Trade, Certified Humane Raised and Handled)

This was made up of purchases from the following 13 companies:

  • Kemps
  • Bakers Quality Pizza Crust
  • Barilla America Inc
  • Best Maid Cookie Company
  • Ellsworth Co-op Creamery
  • Foremost Farms USA
  • Gold'N Plump Fresh
  • Lakeside Foods
  • Organic Valley Co-op
  • Riverside Foods
  • Sculpture Ice
  • Silver Spring Garden Inc
  • Westby Co-op Creamery

Organic and Fair Trade Coffee

As of Fall 2013, UDS is serving Fair Trade and Organic Seattle's Best coffee in all locations across campus.

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Check out UW-Stout Dining Service's Sustainability webpage for more information.

Child and Family Study Center Vermicompost and Student Garden Projects

With the help of UW-Stout's Sustainable Design and Development capstone students, the Child and Family Study Center implemented a vermicomposting operation, allowing its 3-5 year olds to compost food and paper waste. The finished compost is then used in the CFSC's garden, which grows food for the center. Students from UW-Stout's Sustainable Agriculture in Education Association student organization help the young students plant and tend to the garden.


West Central Wisconsin Food Hub

UW-Stout is part of the planning committee for the West Central Wisconsin Food Hub, an initiative to link local farms and food producers with institutional food buyers in west central Wisconsin.  More info on the initiative can be found here:

food hub infographic

Menomonie Community Garden

Founded in 2010 by a group of ambitious AmeriCorp/VISTA volunteers, community members, and UW-Stout students, the purpose of the Menomonie Community Garden is to create a place of sustainable agriculture and enhance community bonds by providing space for gardens, gardening education, and a gathering spot for community members.

Community Garden 1