Featured Program

Please join us for CHEW meetings at 7:15 pm  on the first Wednesdays of the month at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, Wisconsin.

CHEW meetings are open to the pubic. Scroll down for info about meetings, membership, the newsletter and the CHEW library.

Coming Up Next:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:15 pm, Goodman Community Center

All Grazing is Not Created Equal: The Ins and Outs of Management Intensive Grazing and Why It Matters

Presented by Julie Engel

This interactive, visual presentation gives an overview of the history of managed grazing, how a rotational managed grazing system works and what sets it apart from other livestock agricultural practices. Julie Engel will outline how managed grazing supports perennial landscapes, good environmental stewardship, wildlife habitat, animal welfare and human nutrition. She’ll offer insights into the values held by Wisconsin’s grazing community, the economics of grass-based farming, and how consumers plan a vital role in advancing this resilient method.

 Julie Engel is the creator of “The Coney Garth,” an alternative method of raising meat rabbits in a cage-free, hare-pen-free, pellet-free, Management Intensive Grazing pasture colony setting at the Wild Abundance Community Farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin. When she’s not building a yurt for the rabbits or moving them around on pasture, she likes to cross-country ski or ride her bike.


Future Programs

  • July, 2016 – CHEW Members Picnic/Potluck! Join us for the potluck by joining CHEW today. (Click here to join.) Our theme this year will be “Food Travel Tales.” Bring a dish that tells a favorite travel story from your life! What did it teach you about the history or culture of a region? What personal or universal meaning does it carry for you? How did the dish transport you to the core of  your destination?
  • August, 2016 – No meeting; summer holiday.
  • September 7, 2016 – Edible Memory: How Tomatoes became Heirlooms and Apples became Antiques, Presented by Jennifer Jordan 


Please join us for CHEW meetings at 7:15 pm  on the first Wednesdays of the month at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI.


Membership – To be come a member of CHEW click here.

Newsletter – to receive our email newsletter, just send us a note at chewwisconsin@gmail.com

Meetings – Meeting place and time: click here. Depending on speaker/topic, location can vary, please check the monthly meeting details for location if different than the Goodman Community Center.

If you’re coming to the meeting, why not bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Goodman Center food pantry!  The Center is giving out food as fast as it can take it in and the need has never been greater. Items needed: tuna, beans, shelf-stable milk, juice, canned fruits & vegetables, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, infant formula, baby food, diapers, soup (not tomato), rice, can openers. Financial donations also welcome.


CHEW Library – One advantage of coming to a monthly CHEW meeting is access to CHEW’s traveling library. Our collection totals almost 60 titles – ranging from the esteemed Ovens of Brittany Cookbook to Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food. We have copies of the books written by virtually every guest speaker we have had in the last ten years, e.g.,  Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Settlers by Marcia Carmichael, chief gardener at Old World Wisconsin; Kathleen Kline’s People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, and Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to Chicks by Susan Troller. To peruse all the book titles on the CHEW web site, click Culinary. You can put in an “order” for a specific book by emailing chewwisconsin@gmail.comand the book will be brought to the next meeting, if it hasn’t already been checked out. Several titles will also be featured at each meeting–you’ll hear a short review and will have the opportunity to check one of the featured titles out for a month. We are happy to provide this personal service.