February 2 & 3, 2018 Ι Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and attracts growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and beyond.
Esta conferencia es una iniciativa de los productores organizada en torno al intercambio de habilidades entre granjeros, y se espera que atraiga a productores de Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa y Wisconsin. Para asistencia en Español, llame a Barbara Nuñez al 608-224-3704.
Lub rooj sib tham uas cov neeg cog zaub ua tus tsim tawm yog rau cov neeg cog zaub los sib qog qhia tswv yim txog kev cog zaub thiab xav tias yuav haub yaum tau cov neeg cog zaub hauv Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, thiab Wisconsin tuaj.
When making a living intersects with running a business and then crosses paths with farmer quality of life, there are many possible definitions of success. This session will offer examples of what kind of success is possible at different farm scales, common trade-offs, and things to consider when devising your own definition of success.
Hans Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
Abby Benson, Featherstone Farm
Tony Miller, Whitefeather Organics
Dennis Fiser, Regenerative Roots
Janet Gamble, Turtle Creek Gardens
Ariel Pressman, Seed to Seed Farm
Chris McGuire, Two Onion Farm
Steven or Elizabeth, Kings Hill Farm
Andy Cotter, York Farm
Mike Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm
Niche Hoophouse Crops: Ginger, Celery, and Kale
Sandy Dietz, Whitewater Gardens Farm – Ginger
Robyn Calrey, Park Ridge Organics – Celery
Liz Graznak, Happy Hallow Farm – Kale
These sessions will provide detailed production information from variety selection to post-harvest handling enhanced by photos from the field and specific to a variety of scales. Extension specialists Amanda Gevens and Russ Groves will contribute current research on the crops. Participants will receive handouts detailing the systems of each of the presenters, including everything from germination techniques to crop spacing, equipment used, disease and pest control, and more.
Insect Management Strategies
Beneficial insect habitat and cultural controls can go a long way to limit insect pest damage. This session will dig into those topics and also cover how to set and measure pest population thresholds, and what to do when prevention fails. Specific examples will focus on vegetables covered in the production track.
Russ Groves, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin Madison
Racial Justice: Making an Impact as a Vegetable Grower
The farm does not insulate us from the news of the world. Even in our most lush and productive fields we are effected by events like Ferguson and Charlottesville. For farmers wondering what they can do, this session will explore how agriculture relates to racial justice and how farmers can make an impact.
Farm Labor: Creative Sourcing and Compensation
Where do you find qualified and capable people to work on your farm? How can you devise a compensation package that will not break the bank? And how do you keep trained workers around for the next season? This session will invite growers to share their own successes and challenges through an organized and facilitated discussion.
Equipment for Every Farm Size
From your favorite hand hoe to the amazing wash line in your pack shed, the right tools are essential to every farm scale. This session will allow growers to discuss the pros and cons of a multitude of equipment options, aided by photos, videos, sourcing notes, and pricing information. Come ready to share and ready to learn about something new from someone who has used it.
Facilitated by John Hendrickson, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Vegetable Variety Round Tables
Facilitated by Julie Dawson, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Farmer to Farmer Topical Round Tables
Is there a topic you have been wanting to dig into with your farming peers? This session will break out into roundtables to address the issues you choose. Come with a topic you care about and ready to contribute ideas to others’ topics as well.
Sheraton – 706 John Nolen Drive – Across from the Alliant Energy Center, 800-325-3535. Identify yourself as part of the “Organic Vegetable Production Conference 2018 Group” for a discounted rate of $109 plus taxes, or follow this link for online reservations at the discounted rate.
Home Stay – Connect with others offering or requesting a homestay in the Madison area on our Facebook Event page.
Hay becas de inscripción disponibles para productores inmigrantes y de comunidades cuyas raza y etnia tienen poca representación. La asignación de becas es por orden de llegada. La beca para la conferencia completa es de $85. La beca para un solo día es de $45.
Con una beca, la tarifa de inscripción para los productores es:
Conferencia completa = $40
Un día = $30
También hay becas de alojamiento disponibles para los productores que viajan más de 80.5 km (50 millas) desde las afueras de Madison.
Registration Scholarships are available for immigrant growers and growers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities (Native American, Black, Latino, Hmong, etc.) on a first come, first serve basis. Full conference scholarship is $85. One day scholarship is $45.
With a scholarship, the registration fee for growers is:
Full Conference = $40
1 Day = $30
Lodging Scholarships are also available for growers traveling from over 50 miles outside of Madison.
Llame a Bárbara Nunez al 608 224 3704 para obtener asistencia con la traducción en español.
Habrá interpretación simultánea en miao y español para quienes lo necesiten.
Nuestro compromiso es promover la agricultura orgánica entre las minorías y las familias de inmigrantes. Puede inscribir a un invitado adicional de la familia para que asista a la conferencia de manera gratuita.
Hu rau Barbara Nunez ntawm 608-224-3704 rau kev pab rau npe ua lus Mev.
Muaj kev txhais lus tib lub sij hawm ua lus Hmoob thiab lus Mev, yog xav tau.
An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.