Apple Growers School

EVENTS

Food and the Wisconsin Idea: The Systems That Feed Us

Date: April 2, 3:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison
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Beginning Apple Grower Spring Field Day

Date: April 6, 8:30-4:30
Location: Near Madison, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


MARKET FARM MADNESS

Market Farm Madness is back!

Our NCAA-style Market Farm Madness Tournament is the perfect diversion for people who love cool farming tools. We've created a bracket with 64 different tools. Now we all get to vote for our favorites so that we can thin the field down to a champion. Each round will involve voting via an on-line survey form. more

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Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

You bring your interest and hopes for your own orchard business. We expose you to what you need to know and plan for as you plant trees and grow.

New in 2019: Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers 2019 Farm Tour!

This program is specifically designed for new and beginning commercial apple growers. We will visit several farms and the day will include some “classroom” time to discuss critical information you need to know if you are interested in growing and selling apples as a business. Tour stops will all be near Madison, Wisconsin.

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Our three-day, intensive workshop will return in 2020.

Details about the Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers three-day workshop will not be held in 2019.

The intensive three-day course demonstrates what it takes to set up and run a successful orchard business.

What do we offer?

  • A unique program that combines knowledge from experienced growers and UW faculty
  • Opportunities to understand basic concepts in apple production and what it takes to organize and succeed in this type of business
  • A holistic approach to growing and marketing
  • Extended time with experienced growers, each offering unique perspectives, invaluable tips and practical know-how
  • A chance to network and learn from fellow orchardists, farmers and entrepreneurs

Our intensive, three-day course gives you a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful orchard operation—including capital, management, labor and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, pest management, business planning, risk management, recordkeeping, marketing and economics.  Grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. Grower-instructors’ farms vary in scale, marketing strategies and growing methods.

Scheduling

The three-day course is usually held in January, February or early March.

Is this course right for you?

This course is intended for people who are serious about starting an orchard business in the Midwest. To learn more about this school, contact John Hendrickson at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison, (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu.

For more information and application materials contact:

John Hendrickson
Phone: (608) 265-3704
E-mail: jhendric@wisc.edu

U.S. Mail:
c/o CIAS
1535 Observatory Drive
UW-Madison
Madison, WI 53706