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Fresh Market Vegetable Series Being Planned
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/07/2013

The 3rd annual Farming for Profit series sponsored by six northern Wisconsin county UW-Extension offices will focus on fresh market vegetable production in northern Wisconsin. This intensive short course is being offered in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Fresh Market Vegetable Team and UW-Madison's Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems.

This short-course series is designed to mentor current and aspiring fresh market vegetable producers; those who are considering starting a fresh market vegetable farm to those who are seeking more information for a vegetable operation.

Program topics include the economics, labor and income potential; understanding your customers and marketing options; crop production strategies, soil management and equipment; integrated pest management; and season extension strategies.

Instructors include UW-Madison/Extension specialists Amanda Gevens and Russell Groves, John Hendrickson from UW-Madison's CIAS, UW-Extension agriculture agents and several experienced fresh market vegetable growers.

The program will be held on six consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. between January 28 through March 4. Six locations are simultaneously offering the program: Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, Luck, Spooner, and Superior. A follow-up vegetable field day on a working market farm will be held at a later date to be determined in the spring.

Enrollment per site is limited in order to allow interaction with instructors in the course. Registrations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early. The registration fee is $75 per person or $100 per farm for two people sharing materials. Registration fees provide for coursework proceedings from seven sessions organized for your future reference, lab analysis and interpretation of one soil sample, a personalized crop enterprise budget for your farm, and operational costs for the shortcourse.

Information may also be obtained by visiting the individual UW-Extension county websites at www.uwex.edu/ces/cty or the Spooner Ag Research Station website at http://www.cals.wisc.edu/ars/spooner/.

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