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Upcoming Field Day to Focus on Organic Vegetables
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/28/2017

Vegetable farmers and interested home gardeners are invited to attend the University of Wisconsin Organic Vegetable Variety Trials Field Day next month. The event takes place August 24 at the UW-Madison's West Agricultural Research Station.

"This is a chance for growers to see new vegetable varieties in the field and talk directly to the plant breeders and seed companies doing the development work--to learn what's coming and to make their priorities known," says event organizer Julie Dawson, a UW-Madison assistant professor of horticulture and UW-Extension urban and regional food systems specialist.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the station's organic vegetable variety trials, see new varieties developed for organic systems and talk to UW-Madison and Extension plant breeders and seed companies about what's in the pipeline.

The free event will also highlight the progress of the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative project, a UW-Madison-led collaboration among area chefs, farmers and plant breeders to develop improved vegetable varieties with characteristics important to local food systems.

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