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UW School for Beginning Market Growers offered in January

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers, a three-day workshop for anyone wanting to start a fresh market vegetable farm, will be offered January 10–12 on the UW-Madison campus.

“Our primary focus is to provide information and perspectives to help new growers make smart business decisions about production, marketing, pricing, capitalization and labor,” says John Hendrickson, the school’s coordinator.

The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about managing fertility and pests, using greenhouses, extending the season, equipment needs, planning and budgeting. The program is taught by experienced growers and UW-Madison faculty and staff.

“The growers who do the majority of the teaching are a cornerstone of the program,” says Hendrickson. “They provide a wealth of practical knowledge and insight into what it takes to operate a farm business.”

Lauren Wells, who participated in the 2013 School for Beginning Market Growers, said, “This class was enormously useful.  I feel infinitely more prepared to begin my farm this season.”

“This program filled in the critical information gaps I had as a new farmer and I am very impressed and grateful for the generous and practical information sharing from the growers who taught the class,” added Kevan Bard, another 2013 participant.

The School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Registration for the program costs $325. Enrollment is limited, so early sign-ups are advised. For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS web site: www.cias.wisc.edu.

For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu.