County Executive Parisi visits Vermont Valley Farm

County Executive Joe Parisi visited Vermont Valley Community Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 23.  As a CSA member of the farm, he was able to see exactly where his share of vegetables came from for the week while discussing the state of CSA and organic agriculture with farmers Barb and Dave Perkins. Vermont Valley Community Farm […]

Cover Crops as Living Mulch

FairShare’s Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator, Claire Strader, worked with four farmers in 2015-16 to test two types of clover as living mulch, planted under Brussels sprouts and acorn squash. Cover crops have long been a part of diversified organic vegetable rotations.  Grown to prevent erosion, smother weeds, improve soil structure, add organic matter, and […]

Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16

  What: Hands-on FairShare Field Day to handle and discuss vegetable planting and cultivation equipment. When: Sunday, July 16, 2-5 p.m. Where: Red Door Family Farm, 6961 HWY 97, Athens, WI Based on the success of the 2016 Cool Tools field day, we are doing it again at a new location with new tools! See, handle, […]

Field Day: Tomato Techniques, Aug. 31

What: FairShare Field Day farm tour and discussion on how environmental stresses may change tomato production techniques. When: Thursday, Aug. 31 2017, 4-6 p.m. Where: Crossroads Community Farm, 4144 County Hwy J, Cross Plains, WI Greater disease pressure, multiple environmental stresses, and opportunities for reduced tillage are leading organic growers to rethink tomato production techniques. This […]

With collaboration from UW Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, FairShare staff and farmers have been part of creating a new Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship. The first state-accredited apprenticeship program for organic vegetable farming in the United States, the program will educate farmworkers for careers in organic agriculture. It is designed to […]

Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship – In the Works!

In 2016, FairShare CSA Coalition, in partnership with Dane County UWEX and UW Madison, started working with diversified organic vegetable farmers and the WI Department of Workforce Development (WDW) to develop an Organic Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship, which will soon be the second registered agricultural apprenticeship in the nation. One of the main goals of the apprenticeship, […]

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