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Advanced organic vegetable production workshop to be held February 4-7

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will hold its annual Advanced Organic Vegetable Production Workshop Feb. 4-7 at East Troy, Wis. This workshop is designed to help experienced fresh market vegetable growers make the transition to organic production, expand their existing organic operations, or start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise.

“This workshop will address what is needed for a successful career in organic vegetable farming,” said workshop organizer Gail Kahovic. “It will focus on the techniques that farmers use to manage their operations profitably and efficiently, in such a way that they fulfill their goals and preserve their values.”

Topics covered will include soil fertility, weed control, irrigation, crop planning and record keeping, labor, harvest and post-harvest handling, developing markets, pricing and overall farm management. Special focus will also be given to starting and managing a CSA farm.
Richard deWilde of Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua; Kay Jensen and Paul Ehrhardt of JenEhr Farm, Sun Prairie; Dave and Barb Perkins of Vermont Valley Farm, Blue Mounds; and Michael Fields staff member Walter Goldstein will instruct the workshop.

Workshop registration costs $225 before January 28, and includes the course notebook. Late registration costs $250. Meals featuring organic, locally grown food are available for an additional fee.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, and the Wisconsin Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program.

Additional information and registration forms are posted on the Michael Fields website: www.michaelfieldsaginst.org. For more information, contact Kahovic at (262) 642-3303, extension 100 or gkahovic@michaelfieldsaginst.org.
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