Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip

  • September 29, 2016
  • 7:45 AM - 6:30 PM
  • La Farge
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Guest Fee: $66.00

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel w/Wi-Fi, admissions and tours. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline: September 22
Note: if you cancel after this date, there will be no refund.
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But did you know that this is a co-operative of farmers working to save the family farm tradition and deliver healthy products to all of us?  

This company is headquartered in nearby Vernon County and has a presence in Australia and Canada too.  This small Wisconsin dairy cooperative has grown into a billion dollar business.

See - July 17, 2016 New York Times Business Section Feature Article by Jane L. Levere: Organic Valley Traces Milk Back From Table to Farm

What's their secret? Let's find out by touring its headquarters to discover its story of success.

We will head out on Thursday, September 29 and drive to LaFarge via the magnificent driftless area of our state. Our own Marv Beatty will talk about the geology and soils of the landscape as we wend our way west.  At La Farge, we will tour the Organic Valley Headquarters and enjoy lunch in their cafeteria.  Our tour guides will describe the history and growth of the co-op.


Following lunch we will drive to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve - another gem in the Wisconsin landscape and have an opportunity to hear about the history and settlement of the area.  We will have a chance to stretch our legs on a few short walks while enjoying the Fall weather and Kickapoo valley scenery.


On our way home we will stop at an organic dairy farm and hear from one of the Organic Valley farmers.

Our day will end with our return to Madison just around dinner time.


Come join us on this Fall adventure  and learn more about our beautiful state.


Recommended reading: Wisconsin's Roadside Geology - R. Dott




Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. If everyone does that, we will all leave on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

Leave Madison

7:45 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Shopko to begin boarding

8:10 AM     Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for loading

8:40 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood Village for loading

8:45 AM     Bus departs for LaFarge(or sooner if everyone is aboard)

In LaFarge

10:30 AM   Arrive Organic Valley

11:30 AM   Lunch

12:45 PM   Depart for Kickapoo Reserve

1:00 PM     Arrive Kickapoo Reserve

2:30 PM     Depart Kickapoo Reserve

3:00 PM     Arrive LaFarge Farm

4:15 PM     Depart LaFarge Farm for Madison

Arrive Madison

5:50 PM     Oakwood Village

6:20  PM    Capitol Lakes

6:45 PM     East Towne Shopko

Accessibility Policy: You must be able to board and exit the bus using its stairs. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

Mobility limitations:  please keep in mind that we will be traversing uneven terrain at the Reserve and at the farm.  Folks with limited mobility are welcome to join this adventure , but will be encouraged to stay with the bus if walking conditions seem hazardous.

Non-Member Policy:   Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

Please Note:
Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline and if space is available. Check with trip organizer.

For further information, contact Peggy Anderson, and 608-770-2220.

Mail in Registration Form* 

Go To Organic Valley Registration Form

*payment and mailing instructions are on the form


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