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Beginning Apple Growers School to be Held in March
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/11/2018

The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers, a three-day workshop for people wanting to start an orchard business, will be offered March 16-18 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The course will prepare participants to grow and sell apples using a variety of management strategies and tools.

"Because of the high startup costs and increased risks associated with perennial farming systems, it's vital to learn and plan before you plant. We help people better understand the business of growing and marketing apples, so they can set realistic goals and improve their chances of success," says John Hendrickson, who coordinates the school.

Offered in alternate years, the school is a unique program that combines the expertise of seasoned growers and UW faculty. Primary instructors will be Bob Barthel of Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon; Laura Tisch of Munchkey Apples in Mount Horeb; and Rami Aburomia of Atoms to Apples in Mount Horeb. Joining them will be UW-Madison/UW-Extension fruit specialists Patricia McManus, Amaya Atucha and Christelle Guedot.

The school emphasizes sustainable and organic production methods, including integrated pest management strategies, and helps students understand the full cost of establishing an orchard. Participants will have opportunities to network with others intent on making a business out of growing and selling apples.

The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, and is open to the public. Registration for the program costs $350.

For more information, call 608-265-3704 or go to: www.cias.wisc.edu.

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