Beginning Grower Schools offered in 2018

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 […]

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2018 Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 2nd and 3rd Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Registration and Event Information The inaugural 2017 conference brought together 200 participants from around the Midwest and beyond.  This year’s conference will feature farmer panels on cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, and niche hoop house crops.  There will also be interactive sessions on labor recruitment, equipment for […]

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New! Farm storage facility loans available

In preparation for new food safety regulations, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced improved financing options to help fruit and vegetable growers build or upgrade food handling facilities. Farm Storage Facility Loans can be used in conjunction with FSA Microloans to finance equipment and buildings for fruit and vegetable washing, packing, handling, and cold-storage. […]

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Community Gardens Save Money, Provide Fresh Produce for Low-Income Gardeners

A recent study by the University of California Cooperative Extension demonstrates how gardeners in San Jose saved money by growing their own food in community gardens. Gardeners engaged in the study weighed their harvests throughout the spring and summer, yielding an average of .75 pounds of produce per square foot of garden space. Not only […]

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County Releases Report on Path to Regional Local Foods Hub

Facility Would Create Jobs, Provide Increased Revenue for Farm Families   Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the publication of a new report outlining the benefits of, and a path to, a regional local foods facility in Dane County that could create local jobs, reinvest millions in the county’s economy, and increase sales for family […]

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