April 21st -  Second Annual Earth Day Expo

10AM-5PM @ The Lageret, 515 East Main Street, Stoughton
Please join us at The Second Annual Earth Day Expo. Meet a variety of vendors and community members, including local artists, local farmers, City of Stoughton Park & Rec, local sustainable businesses, and local non-profit groups in your community. There will also be local food and beverages, presentations and demonstrations, live music by local artists, arts and crafts, children’s activities, sustainability related information booths, and more.

FREE Presentations and Workshops:

Community Gathering Space:
10:15-11:30 AM – Amphibian/Reptile Presentation.  Presenter: Rebecca Christoffel
12:00-1:30 PM – Local musicians, stay tuned for details
1:45-2:45 PM – Musical entertainment by Olivia Panthofer
3:00-5:00 PM – “Happy Hour,” featuring music by Ryan Casey

Presentation Space:
10:15-11:15 AM – Chair Yoga, hosted by Stoughton Yoga

Join us for several other presentations:

  • Seed starting/plant lighting
  • The art of flower arrangement
  • How to start a mindfulness practice

Times will be listed soon.

Community Tent:
Come check out our community tent for activities for children and adults throughout the day.  Please check back for details on times.  Activities will include:  

  • Gourd crafts, stories, and information on growing and using gourds, presented by Ingrid West, Misty Dawn Farm, LLC
  • Arts and crafts with local artists
  • Earth day themed activities for the kids
  • Meet local community groups

April 21st - Earth Day Celebration Dinner:  A Local Farm to Table Event

6-10PM @ The Lagaret, 515 East Main Street, Stoughton

Join your community for a dinner that will feature local sourced foods, beer, cider, and wine.   After the dinner, there will be live music and dancing.  More details to follow, and tickets will be available soon at sustainablestoughton.org

FEBRUARY 8th - Green Thursday Event - Meet Your Local Farmer:

Mandt  Honey Works
7-9PM @ Stoughton Fire Station

This family event will feature Janus and Scott Wegner, owners and operators of Mandt Honey Works in Stoughton.  Janus and Scott are members of the Dane County Bee Keepers Association, Rock County Bee Keepers Association, and Wisconsin Honey Producers Association.  All of their products are all natural, and made with no chemicals or preservatives.

Please join us for a fun and educational evening, where you will learn about:

  • The essentials of starting backyard honey beekeeping
  • Local ordinances that allow beekeeping
  • Managing bee hives
  • Creating honey, wax, and propolis products

NOVEMBER 2nd - Green Thursday Event - Meet Your Local Farmer

7-9PM @ Stoughton Fire Station

This event is for everyone to come and learn about 6 local farms and their experiences, specialties, and what makes each farm unique. There will be presentations, demonstrations, tasty samples, and show and tell.

We invited a diverse group of local farmers:
1. Darlene Arneson, Arneson Farm - AG business and dairy farming
2. Liz Griffith, Door Creek Orchard - Growing many varieties of apples and use of IPM
3. Erica Solis, Emancipation Acres - Raising Livestock and Making Goat Milk Soap
4. Jerry Wendt, Shady Nook Farm - Raising Pumpkins and being former AG education instructor
5.  Scott Schroeckenthaler, Pleasant Springs Hatchery - Using ponds and hydroponics to raise fish
6.  Terry Parisi, Parisi Family Farm - Growing Organic Produce and Livestock

April 22nd -  Earth Day Expo   - 10AM-5PM @ Chorus Public House

154 W. Main Street, Stoughton

This Expo will host a variety of vendors: Local Artists, Farmers (meat, dairy, fresh greens, and starter plants, etc.), City of Stoughton Park & Rec, Stoughton Utilities, Stoughton Hospital Wellness Program, Madison Permaculture Guild, Ask a Master Gardener Booth, Solar Panel Display, Garden Supplies, 7th Graders Poetry and Stories about Earth Day, 2nd Graders Art Work, Live Music, and Fabulous Raffle Prizes!!!

Schedule for FREE Presentations and Workshops:

  • 10:30-11:30 AM -- Native American Lore and Storytelling  (Great for Kids and Adults) -Presenter, Dawn Shegonee from Call For Peace Drum & Dance Company, http://www.callforpeace.org/

                   Discover  through a circle of the "Council of Beings" leads to pathways of understanding  of  all living things on Mother Earth (all things are connected). 

            Phil will teach you how to fix a flat tire, how to adjust your brakes and shifting, and more....

  • 1:30-2:30 PM -- How to Begin Your Vegetable Garden Seeds Indoors  -  Presenter, Carol Livingston, Master Gardener -http://wimastergardener.org/

  1. Starting garden plants from seed can be a rewarding activity.  Maybe you’ve it tried a time or two and for you it was a frustrating activity.  In this talk you will hear from a certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane Co. UW-Extension who will give you a solid foundation for growing your own garden plants from seeds.

  2. Included in this talk are tips on factors that make for successful seed starting. You will learn how to purchase seeds, and plant and care for them until they are ready to be planted outdoors.  You will leave this talk feeling confident in your abilities to start seeds right in your own home.

  1. This workshop will teach you all you need to know about small space and container gardening.  
  2. You will learn: 1) how to group compatible plants for growing success and 2) how to group plants together for an aesthetically pleasing effect – thriller, spiller, and filler.

Raffle Prizes- Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 - Drawing @ 8 PM Chorus Public House

  1. Date Night Basket (Value $400) - Wendigo Restaurant – Gift Certificate, Viking Brew Pub – Growler and Gift Certificate,  Culvers – Dinner Basket Gift Certificates, Stoughton Cinema Café – 2 Movie Tickets & Gift Certificate,
    Diamonds Direct – Pearl Bracelet & Silk Pouch,  St. Vincent de Paul – Gift Certificate, Stoughton Floral – Green Plant Basket,  Andersen Designs – Beaded Cheese Slicer,  Cheesers – Gift Certificate,  SFIBI – All Natural Ingredients Candle,
    MRE Photography – Lake Kegonsa Sunset Print, Nordic Nook -Wine Glasses with Rosemaling, Yahara River Grocery Coop – Wollershiem Wine & Indulgence Chocolate Bar,  Hershey Company - Assorted Chocolate & Mints.
  2. Garden Lover's Basket (Value $350) - Fitchburg Farms – Gift Certificate,  Fort Little Green – Aloe Plant,
    Studio 184 – Gardener’s Barrier Cream & Soap,  SFIBI – Vintage Mason Jar  Vase with Frog Lid,  Peg Close – Mini Wooden Deer,  MRE Photography – Cardinal Print (framed),  WPPI – LED Garden Lights & Timer Switches,
    St. Vincent de Paul – Gift Certificate, Yahara River Grocery Coop – Seed Saver Seeds,  Ace Hardware – Bird Feeders & Bird Seed,  Stoughton Garden Center - Garden Gloves, Seed Starter Kits & more,  Hershey Company - Assorted Chocolate & Mints, Garden tools and more...

  3. Good Morning Basket (Value $200) -- Parisi Family Farm – Farm Fresh Organic Eggs & Spinach,
    Yahara River Grocery Coop – Coffee Cups & Canvas Bag, Back to the Bean – Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans, Andersen Designs – Beaded Coffee Scoop, Cabibbo’s Bakery – Biscotti, Mandt Honey Works - Honey & Lip Balm, Main Street Kitchen – Gift Certificates, MRE Photography – Stoughton Sunrise Print, Kelly’s Vintage & Salvage – Vintage Baby Blue Mason Jar Vase, St. Vincent de Paul – Gift Certificate,  Hershey Company - Assorted Chocolate & Mints.

Celebratory Earth Day Dinner -6:00-9:00PM @ Chorus Public House.  Meal will be made from local farm fresh ingredients and prepared by our local Chef Cale from Wendigo.  While dining, Fendrick and Peck (local band)and local Poet will entertain you. Space is limited, advance meal ticket purchase ($25) is required @ http://www.choruspublichouse.com/

April 29th - Division Street Park Work Party.  10:30AM-12:30PM @ Division Street Park.  Come join the fun and help weed and plant native perennial and annual plants to help make this park beautiful for Syttende Mai weekend and the rest of summer and fall!  All are welcome!!  Bring garden gloves and tools, if you have them.  Water and snacks will be provided.

May 19-21st - Community Art and Garden Market.

This event held at Chorus Public House during the Syttende Mai Weekend will host a variety of local artists and farm product producers (jams & jellies, cheese, olive oil, etc..) during the whole weekend.  Local musicians will also be playing throughout the three day event.  Stay tuned for more details...

March 2nd - Green Thursday- Designing Our New Riverfront Development: Options and Opportunities6:30-8:00PM @ the Fire Station, Training Room, 401 E. Main Street.

Stoughton's Redevelopment Authority (RDA) will be seeking input from the Stoughton Community as they begin working on the former MillFab area along the Yahara River this spring. Sustainable Stoughton is hosting this community forum to bring together three design experts to offer innovative ideas and suggestions to help us create a regionally-significant project.   

Marty Melchior and Ken Saiki from Inter-Fluve will provide riverbank restoration and stabilization options as well as ideas for riverfront trails and other green spaces. 
Keith Swartz from Seventhwave will present the latest in green building designs and materials for energy efficiency (solar, geothermal, etc.) and healthy buildings inside and out.

Jan. 21st Green Thursday, 6:30 PM: "Eggs"-traordinary Chickens!

Presenters: Robert and Sanne Roeven. Robert is co-owner of Terra Simpla, a Permaculture Retreat Center near Stoughton and certified in Permaculture Design.  Sanne is an accomplished Storyteller.

Feb. 17th Green Thursday, 6:00 PM: Family Yoga (45 min. class)

Presenter: Tajali Theresa Tolan, MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, Registered Yoga Teacher. Tajali is a Peace and Mindfulness Educator, Life and Parenting Coach, and Yoga Instructor. She teaches at Evansville Mindfulness Co-op.

Feb. 24th Community Forum, 7:00 PM: A New Use for Our 1892 High School

Remembering the Past - Planning for the Future, opening remarks by Tim Onsager, SASD Superintendent


Co-sponsored by: City of Stoughton Landmarks Commission, R Olde House Society, Stoughton Historical Society, Sustainable Stoughon - in partnership with the Stoughton Area School District

Mar. 17th Green Thursday, 6:00 PM:  Our Night Flying Friends: The Beauty and Benefits of Bats in Our Community

Presenter: Jennifer Redell, Cave and Mine Specialist and Conservation Biologist with the WI Dept. of Natural Resources, a Wisconsin leader in bat conservation

Apr. 28th Green Thursday 6:30 PM: Container Gardening - Growing on a Small Scale

Presenter: Ben Becker, Executive Assistant, Writer and Class Instructor at Willy St. Co-op. Ben has an MBA in Sustainable Business and Natural & Organic Resources. A hobbyist gardener, he has worked on a volunteer basis with several farms and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability  and food security.

May 26th Green Thursday, 6:30-8:00 PM: Healthier Lawn Alternatives - 2 Presentations in 1!

Location: Stoughton Public Library, 304 S. 4th St., lower level

Pesticides and Community Health

Presenter: Claire Gervais, MD is a family practice physician at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health with expertise in toxic exposures and community health.

A Greener  Future: Strategies for Developing a Reduced-Risk Turf Management Plan

Presenter: Paul Koch,Ph.D., assistant professor at the UW Department of Plant Pathology and the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center.

Paul will talk about the UW turf study being implemented at Stoughton's Race Track Park comparing conventional herbicides with other lower and no-risk alternatives.  He'll also address options for homeowners.  



​​All of our Sustainable Stoughton Events are FREE, Family Friendly, and Open to the Public


Donations gratefully accepted to help support future educational events and speakers.