2016 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers Registration is Open!

Registration is open for the 2016 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers to be held January 8-10, 2016 on the UW-Madison campus.

This intensive, 3-day workshop provides a comprehensive look at what it takes to start and operate a sustainable business growing and selling fresh vegetables. Many people already possess a “green thumb” but to be successful they need to make smart decisions about business planning, marketing, pricing, capitalization, and labor.

The school was first launched 18 years ago to help aspiring market growers take advantage of the rising demand for local and organic food and the rapid growth in farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture farms, and stores, restaurants and institutions seeking locally produced vegetables.beginning grower school

The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management, equipment needs, planning and budgeting. The program’s instructors include experienced growers and UW faculty and staff.

Practical know-how is the cornerstone of the course but past participants have also appreciated hearing the real-life stories of experienced growers and being able to network with peers who share their interest in making a business out of growing and selling fresh produce.

The School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Registration for the program costs $325. Enrollment is limited, so early sign-ups are advised. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. 

For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS web site: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-school-for-beginning-market-growers/.

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