Grow, a magazine devoted to the life sciences, is published three times per year (spring, summer, and fall) by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). We report on the most significant aspects of CALS research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of food systems, bioenergy and bioproducts, healthy ecosystems, health and wellness, changing climate, and economic and community development.

While our main goal is to keep our alumni and others connected to the activities of the college, we welcome all readers who have an interest in the life sciences. The stories you’ll find here relate to all of us — our lives and our livelihoods.

The print version of Grow is mailed free of charge to CALS alumni, partners, and friends in the greater CALS community, and to leaders in agriculture, natural resources, and the biosciences. If you would like to be on our mailing list, you can subscribe here.

Our Mission

  • To increase knowledge of and engagement in the significant work of the college
  • To engender pride and foster a sense of belonging among CALS alumni, students, and faculty
  • To strengthen connections between the college and alumni as well as among alumni from different areas of the college
  • To promote the life sciences as an avenue toward economic, scientific, and intellectual growth

Grow Staff

Managing Editor: Nik Hawkins
Designer: Janelle Jordan Naab
: Nicole Miller MS’06, Caroline Schneider MS’11, Jori Skalitzky BS’22
Photographer: Michael P. King
Editorial Assistant/Writer: Peyton Mueller BSx’24
Editorial Assistant/Illustrator: Mary Quinn

Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement: Heidi Zoerb

Additional content is contributed by University Communications, University Marketing, and various freelancers.