The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers invites aspiring fresh market produce growers to apply for its 2019 class. The school, now in its 21st year, serves new and beginning farmers, and emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing.
Program and application information are available at https://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-school-for-beginning-market-growers/. Enrollment is limited and early sign-ups are advised. The class is open to anyone serious about market farming, regardless of educational background.
A limited number of scholarships are available to support participants interested in starting an organic produce farm.
The course is taught by a team of experienced growers who provide practical knowledge and insight into what it takes to operate a farm business. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management and equipment needs. The grower-instructors will provide real-world perspectives on the realities of running a small-scale farm.
Past participants are operating successful farm businesses across the state and region. Many say that they still utilize the materials and lessons garnered from this unique program.
The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.