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Thisintensive workshop provides a comprehensive look at what it takes to start and operate a business growing and selling fresh vegetables. The school was launched 16 years ago to help aspiring market growers take advantage of the rising demand for local and organic food and rapid growth in farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture farms, and stores, restaurants and institutions seeking locally produced vegetables.
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.
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.