New Farmer Summit

April 4-5,2014    

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Primrose Valley Farm
Belleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Important: registration closes Friday, March 28 at midnight! Pre-registration is required – there won’t be any walk-in registrations allowed.

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • $35 Pre-Summit farm tours with lunch April 3rd
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • See the full schedule.

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Who Should Attend:

Beginning farmers, aspiring farmers, homesteaders, those looking for land access strategies, those who want to meet other new farmers and attend high quality practical farming workshops.

New Farmer Summit Workshops:

See workshop descriptions here.

  • Soil Health: Allen Philo, Midwestern BioAg
  • Orchards & Perennials: Jackie Hoch, Hoch Orchards
  • Integrating Livestock Into Your Farm: Petra Zinniker, Zinniker Family Farm
  • Weed Management in Organic Vegetables: David Perkins, Vermont Valley Community Farm
  • Creative Land Access and Legal Business Partnerships: Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons
  • Beginning Beekeeping: Aaron Brin and Harriet Behar, Sweet Springs Farm
  • Greenhouse Management & Transplant Production: Steve Pincus, Tipi Produce
  • Grazing and Pasture Basics: Laura Paine, Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development
  • Tractors and Small Equipment On Your Farm: Steve Pincus, Tipi Produce; Mike Bollinger, Four Season Tools/River Root Farm
  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better – Is Scaling Up Right for Your Farm?: Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works
  • Government Programs and Funding for Farmers: Harriet Behar, MOSES; Grant Schultz, Versaland Farm
  • Value Added Products for Your Farm: Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm
  • Cover Crops for Soil Health: Jeff Gunderson, Midwestern BioAg
  • Organic Insect & Disease Control in Vegetables: Harriet Behar, MOSES/Sweet Springs Farm
  • Increase Income through Farm Diversification: Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity
  • When the Business Plan Doesn’t Match Reality: John Mesko, Sustainable Farming Association MN
  • Organic Certification 101: Joe Pedretti, MOSES
  • CSA Success – The Things You Should Know: Barb Perkins, Vermont Valley Community Farm
  • Marketing and Social Media – How to Build Sustainable Connections: Thomas Ponik; Kristi Waits, Second Cup Media
  • Capturing and Organizing Data for GAPs, Organic Certification and other Endeavors: Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works
  • Business Planning and Financial Tools: Paul Dietmann, Badgerland Financial
  • Season Extension: Mike Bollinger, Four Season Tools/River Root Farm
  • 10 Things to Know About Getting Into Market Farming: Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works
  • Restoration Agriculture, Peter Allen, Savanna Gardens


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Primrose Valley Farm
321 Primrose Center Road
Belleville, Wisconsin 53508

Primrose Valley Farm is an 83 acre farm, owned by Jamie and David Baker, located in the Driftless region of South Central Wisconsin. Approximately 5 minutes outside of New Glarus, Wis., 25 minutes outside Madison and under three hours from Chicago.


Local lodging is available in New Glarus, a block of rooms is set aside under New Farmer Summit:

Swiss Aire Motel – 1200 Hwy 69, New Glarus,  608-527-2138
Chalet Landhaus – 801 Hwy 69, New Glarus,  608-527-5234
Lucky Dog Farm Stay – W7080 State Road 39, New Glarus, 608-527-2900
Circle M Market Farm – Blanchardville, Wis. (16 miles southwest)
Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B – Browntown, Wis. (32 miles south)

  • Inn Serendipity has a special offer for New Farmer Summit attendees:  $90 per night/two night minimum (no b-fast as it’s covered at the Summit).  Please mention Summit when booking.

Some local homestays can be arranged by emailing neworganicstewards@gmail.com.

The Ride Buzz page for ride sharing can be found here.

General Inquiries:

Lindsay Rebhan

Angie Sullivan


Large group sessions and a farmer panel will be facilitated by –

National Young Farmers Coalition, Sophie Ackoff
Agrarian Trust | GreenhornsSeverine von Tscharner Fleming

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New Organic Stewards is a project of Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service and Renewing the Countryside.

This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30756. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit Start2Farm.

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