Our annual Organic Variety Trials Field Day will be held August 24, 2017

Download the Organic Variety Trials Field Day Flier here!



Registration is now open for Farm to Flavor 2017

Following the Organic Variety Trials Field Day on August 24, please join us for the Farm to Flavor Dinner, our annual celebration of organic plant breeding and local food, featuring dishes from 8 of Madison’s premier chefs and a presentation by Lane Selman, founding director of the Culinary Breeding Network. Event and ticketing information can be found on our Seed to Kitchen program page, and at Isthmustickets.com. Farmers growing Seed to Kitchen trials are invited to attend this event free of charge.

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Trial reports available for download

Urban and peri-urban farm enterprises are very diverse in their marketing and management strategies, and I am interested in providing research support for small-scale farm and food enterprises serving regional markets, and community gardens focused on food security.  I welcome input on research priorities and ideas for projects.  If you are interested in participating in research or education projects, please contact me!

Research and ExtensionChef Workshop 4

  • Vegetable varieties selected for flavor and quality. Collaboration with other plant breeders, seed producers, farmers, chefs and local food consumers to test varieties for local food systems.
  • Season extension using hoop houses/high tunnels, comparison of tomato varieties for hoop house and field production.Tomatoes Hoop House 4
  • Use of genetic diversity and genetic resources in plant breeding for organic agriculture: better methods of screening germplasm collections and identifying promising accessions.
  • Participatory research methods and statistics for analyzing decentralized and unbalanced experiments or breeding projects
  • Support for beginning farmers in urban and peri-urban areas, and facilitating opportunities for farmer-to-farmer education

luna circle transplantsTeaching

Hort 375: Organic Vegetable Production

Offered alternate spring semesters.  Next offered Spring 2017

2015 Spring Syllabus:  Hort375_Syllabus