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The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state. Learn more about CALS.

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“We believe that everyone should have access to locally grown produce; and as farmers, the ability to know the customer and form a solid relationship based on respect and understanding was key to our decision to start Burr Oak Gardens.”

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Katherine and Tyler Rowe

For Katherine (Kate) BS’08 and Tyler BS’08 Rowe, the most influential part of their CALS experience was their Horticulture 122 lab section, where they first met and later became a couple. Besides their enduring partnership, CALS gave them many of the skills they rely on to run their business, Burr Oak Gardens, LLC, a certified organic vegetable farm and retail greenhouse in Rio, Wisconsin named after its resident 300-year-old burr oak. “We are constantly using information we gained from plant pathology and entomology courses,” says Kate. About a year after graduating with degrees in horticulture, Kate and Tyler pursued their dream of forming a community-supported agriculture farm, or CSA. Read more about the Rowes and other alumni making their mark as entrepreneurs: https://go.wisc.edu/c0tmx3

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