The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has three beginning grower schools coming up soon. For more information on the CIAS grower schools, see https://www.facebook.com/CIASGrowerSchools/.
The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers will be held on January 12-14 at the UW-Madison. This course is for anyone interested in starting a profitable, sustainable fresh market vegetable farm. Taught by experienced growers, this program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Topics include fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management and equipment needs. For more information or to register, visit http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-school-for-beginning-market-growers-6/
Interested in growing cut flowers? Consider attending the Wisconsin School for Cut Flower Growers on the UW-Madison campus on February 17 and 18. Experienced growers will cover topics including variety selection, seed starting, planting and harvest schedules. Speakers will emphasize sustainable and organic production methods. You will have an opportunity to handle small tools at a show and tell table, and network with other growers. For information on the school and to register, go to http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-cut-flower-growers-school-7/
The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers will be held on March 16-18, 2018. This school offers extended time to work with experienced growers, opportunities to understand basic concepts in apple production, and what it takes to organize and succeed in this type of business. The course gives participants a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful apple orchard operation. For more information, see http://www.cias.wisc.edu/midwest-school-for-beginning-apple-growers/