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Vegetable farmers are invited to attend the Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase, a field day at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station, set for 3-5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20. This free, interactive event highlights the many organic vegetable variety trials being conducted on the station’s 30 acres of certified organic land.

“This is a great opportunity for vegetable growers to see new varieties out in the field,” says event organizer Julie Dawson, a UW–Madison assistant professor of horticulture and UW-Extension urban and regional food systems specialist. “They can talk with plant breeders and seed company staff to learn what’s in development and express their priorities and preferences for new varieties.”

The field day is also an opportunity to learn about the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative, a UW–Madison-led collaboration of local chefs, farmers, and plant breeders that is working to develop full-flavored vegetable varieties with high culinary quality.

Also featured will be trials for sweet corn, bell peppers, acorn and delicata squash, cabbage, and tomatoes grown as part of the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) project, as well as potato variety trials for organic systems, and tomato trials under organic high tunnel, caterpillar tunnel and field management. Attendees will have to opportunity to help select beet varieties for high or low “earthy” flavor, and learn about breeding efforts to improve carrots for organic systems and culinary corn breeding.

West Madison Agricultural Research Station is located at 8502 Mineral Point Road in Verona, Wisconsin. For more information about the field day, visit dawson.horticulture.wisc.edu. Questions can be directed to Julie Dawson at dawson@hort.wisc.edu.
 
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will make a reasonable effort to provide accommodations for participants with disabilities when notified in advanced. To request a disability accommodation, please contact WMARS superintendent Janet Hedtcke at (608)-262-2257 or janet.hedtcke@wisc.edu at least 10 days in advance of the event. Efforts will be made to meet same-day requests to the extent possible.

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