The 3rd annual Farming for Profit series sponsored by six northern Wisconsin county UW-Extension offices will focus on fresh market vegetable production in northern Wisconsin. This intensive short course is being offered in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Fresh Market Vegetable Team and UW-Madison's Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems (CIAS).
This short-course series is designed to mentor current and aspiring fresh market vegetable producers; those who are considering starting a fresh market vegetable farm to those who are seeking more information for a vegetable operation.
Program topics include:
-- the economics, labor and income potential;
-- understanding your customers and marketing options;
-- crop production strategies, soil management and equipment;
-- integrated pest management; and
-- season extension strategies.
Instructors include UW-Madison/Extension specialists Amanda Gevens and Russell Groves, John Hendrickson from UW-Madison's CIAS, UW-Extension agriculture agents and several experienced fresh market vegetable growers.
The program will be held on six consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. between Jan. 28 thru Mar 4. Six locations are simultaneously offering the program: Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, Luck, Spooner, and Superior. A follow-up vegetable field day on a working market farm will be held at a later date to be determined in the spring.
Enrollment per site is limited in order to allow interaction with instructors in the course. Registrations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early. The registration fee is $75 per person or $100 per farm for two people sharing materials. Registration fees provide for coursework proceedings from seven sessions organized for your future reference, lab analysis and interpretation of one soil sample, a personalized crop enterprise budget for your farm, and operational costs for the short course. Registration for this year's short course is due on Jan. 18, 2013.
For more information and to register contact UW-Extension agents facilitating the site where you wish to enroll:
-- Ashland: contact Jason Fischbach at 715-373-6104
-- Ladysmith: contact Rich Toebe at 715-532-2153
-- Superior: contact Jane Anklam at 715-395-1515
-- Hayward and Spooner: contact Otto Wiegand and Kevin Schoessow at 715-635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914
-- Luck: contact Jennifer Blazek at 715-485-8602
Information may also be obtained by visiting the individual UW-Extension county websites at www.uwex.edu/ces/cty or the Spooner Ag Research Station website at http://www.cals.wisc.edu/ars/spooner/ .