EVENTS

“City of the Good” Book Launch Party

Date: April 20, 2018, 4pm
Location: Community and Environmental Sociology Library, Ag Hall
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Hard Cider Apple Grafting Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 21, 1-4pm
Location: DC Smith Greenhouse, UW-Madison
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Agroecoprospect: The Challenge of Integrating Values, Food and Farming

Date: June 13-16, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus
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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



Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

Date: March 16-18, 2018

Location: UW-Madison campus

Posted January 2018

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The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers, a three-day workshop for people wanting to start an orchard business, will be offered March 16-18 on the UW-Madison campus.

The course will prepare participants to grow and sell apples using a variety of management strategies and tools.

“Because of the high startup costs and increased risks associated with perennial farming systems, it’s vital to learn and plan before you plant. We help people better understand the the business of growing and marketing apples, so they can set realistic goals and improve their chances of success” says coordinator John Hendrickson.

The school is a unique program that combines the expertise of seasoned Wisconsin growers and UW faculty. Primary instructors will be Bob Barthel of Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon; Laura Tisch of Munchkey Apples in Mount Horeb, and Rami Aburomia of Atoms to Apples in Mount Horeb,. Joining them will be UW–Madison fruit specialists Patricia McManus, Amaya Atucha and Christelle Guedot.

The school will emphasize sustainable and organic production methods, including integrated pest management strategies. One highlight of the program is understanding the complete costs of establishing an orchard, including planting, equipment and facilities. Participants will have opportunities to network with others intent on making a business out of growing and selling apples.

The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, and is open to the public. Registration for the program costs $350. For more information, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS website.