Field Day on Conducting Vegetable Variety Trials

Join the Organic Seed Alliance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MOSES, the USDA and workshop hosts Riverbend Farm on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for a workshop on identifying the right varieties for your farm. You’ll have the opportunity to tour ongoing trials and hear details about the trial from the farmer. Learn why they chose the crop they did and how they decided to design the trial. This trial location features curly kale for mid-season palatability.

We’ll also hear from OSA and University of Wisconsin-Madison educators about the benefits of conducting on-farm trials and how to design them to meet your goals without adding unnecessary work to the farm.

Riverbend Farm is an organic vegetable farm that provides produce to a CSA, restaurants, food co-ops and schools. Farmer Greg Reynolds also saves seed from, and works to improve, varieties of several crops.

The workshop will include time to network and walk the field with trial hosts. Pre-registration is requested.

This event is part of a larger project aimed at helping farmers identify the best varieties for their farm, which includes a series of webinars, the new The Grower’s Guide to Conducting On-farm Variety Trials publication, and a series of on-farm variety trial workshops throughout the Midwest. Learn more about the project here.

The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, click here.