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School for Beginning Market Growers Slated for January
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/21/2013

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is holding its School for Beginning Market Growers early next year. The three-day workshop is for anyone wanting to start a fresh market vegetable farm and will be offered January 10-12 on the UW-Madison campus.

"Our primary focus is to provide information and perspectives to help new growers make smart business decisions about production, marketing, pricing, capitalization and labor," says John Hendrickson, the school's coordinator.

The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about managing fertility and pests, using greenhouses, extending the season, equipment needs, planning and budgeting. The program is taught by experienced growers and UW-Madison faculty and staff.

"The growers who do the majority of the teaching are a cornerstone of the program," says Hendrickson. "They provide a wealth of practical knowledge and insight into what it takes to operate a farm business."

Registration for the program costs $325. Enrollment is limited, so early sign-ups are advised. For more information, call 608-265-3704 or visit the CIAS website at: www.cias.wisc.edu.


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