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Field Day to Focus on Organic Vegetables
UW-Madison’s West Agricultural Research Station
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 20 at the UW-Madison’s West Agricultural Research Station.
“This is a great opportunity for vegetable growers to see new varieties out in the field,” says event organizer Julie Dawson, a UW-Madison assistant professor of horticulture and UW-Extension urban and regional food systems specialist. “They can talk with plant breeders and seed company staff to learn what’s in development and express their priorities and preferences for new varieties.”
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.
2018 Sustainable Farm Tour