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Field day focuses on crop variety

Come for an interactive field day on organic vegetable variety trials and production.

Walk through ongoing trials and ask questions of fellow farmers about current issues, management practices and varieties. Special guests Julie Dawson and Ruth Genger from the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture.

Dawson is an assistant professor whose passion for sustainable agriculture, local food systems and participatory plant breeding has helped lead the way to provide research support for small-scale farm and food enterprises serving regional markets, and community gardens focused on food security.

Genger is an associate researcher with her focus on the Organic Potato Project where you will find her working hard in the field, whether it is planting with the crew, assessing plots or working closely with participating farmers.

Since 2015, the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative project has grown from just a dozen to over 60 farms participating in on farm trials with over 70 varieties of nine major crops — beets, carrots, cucumbers, kale, onions, peppers, tomatoes, winter squash and melons. This project also incorporates unique beets and carrots from other participating breeding programs out of UW-Madison.

The field day starts at 4 p.m. with a 6 p.m. program July 17 at Spooner Agricultural Research Station, W6646 Highway 70, Spooner, Wis.

Free, but an RSVP is appreciated at dawson@hort.wisc.edu, Kevin Schoessow, kevin.schoessow@ces.uwex.edu or Niki Lacktorin, niki.lacktorin@gmail.com.

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