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Vegetable storage crop workshops offered in Madison and Hudson

Fresh market vegetable growers can learn how to extend their marketing season with storage crops at a workshop being offered on Dec. 4 in Hudson and Dec. 11 in Madison.

The Vegetable Storage Crops Workshop will focus on selecting, growing, storing and selling carrots, potatoes, garlic, onions, winter squash and other storage crops.

“The local foods market is hungry year-round, and there are tremendous opportunities to supply stores, restaurants, winter farmers markets and institutions with local produce throughout the winter months,” said workshop coordinator John Hendrickson, an outreach specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Selling storage crops can improve cash flow during the winter months and help growers maintain relationships with customers throughout the year, he adds.

The Hudson workshop will be held at the Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street. Speakers will include farmers Janaki Fisher-Merritt of Food Farm and David Van Eekout of Hogsback Farm, as well as UW-Madison specialists Erin Silva and Scott Sanford.

The Madison workshop will be held at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd. Speakers will include farmers Steve Pincus of Tipi Produce and Mike Noltnerwyss of Primrose Community Farm along with UW-Madison specialists AJ Bussan and Scott Sanford.

Both workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $35 fee covers registration and lunch. For details and a registration form, visit www.cias.wisc.edu.

The workshops are sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Sow the Seeds, a program of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis. For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS web site: www.cias.wisc.edu.