About Us

How We Got Started

UW Madison went organic before ‘going organic’ was even a thing. In 1911, F.H. King, then a faculty member in the Soils Department, wrote “Farmers of Forty Centuries”, a now classic book detailing how farmers in China sustainably cultivated the same fields for 4,000 years. He’s universally thought of as one of the founders of the modern organic agricultural movement and his legacy lives on: F.H. King: Students for Sustainable Agriculture, UW Madison’s student-run agricultural collective (and 2 acre organic farm) pays tribute to King and farms, over 100 years after his death, in his image.

Our Mission

The UW Organic Collaborative is a group of faculty, staff, and partners who are committed to increasing the health and resilience of the organic industry, from the farm to consumer’s kitchen tables, in Wisconsin and throughout the country through world-class research, academic opportunity, and impactful outreach.

Our Programs

Most of our programs fall into three general categories: research, academics, and outreach. We also have dozens of helpful resources that result from many of these programs.


World-class research answering pressing questions


Organic courses, certificates, and graduate programs


Innovative organic outreach and extension


 Room 593A Russell Labs

1630 Linden Dr.

Madison, WI 53706

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