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  • The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers, a three-day workshop for anyone planning to start a fresh market vegetable farm, will be offered January 9-11, 2015 on the UW-Madison campus.

    The program, now in its 17th year, serves new and beginning farmers seeking to grow and market fresh produce. The focus of the program is to provide information and inspiration to help new growers make smart business decisions about production, marketing, pricing, capitalization and labor.  This is accomplished by having a team of experienced growers do the majority of the teaching.

    The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management, equipment needs, and get real-world perspectives on the financial and quality-of-life realities of running a small scale farm.

    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

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