Like any locale or region, Wisconsin has its own flavor. Our is grounded in Driftless valleys and sandy flats, seasoned by immigrants new and well-established, and always changing. Participatory plant breeding projects seek to create cultivars that serve the unique needs of a region’s farmers, the particular tastes of its consumers, and the specific requirements of its land. Come learn how participatory plant breeding works, hear the stories of PPB projects nationwide, and (literally) see the seeds of a new UW-Madison PPB project. That is, the Chasing Dirt project - the Ph.D. research of presenter Solveig Hanson - is engaging Wisconsin farmers and consumers in creating uniquely colored, unusually flavored beet cultivars. See the colorful results of the first year’s selections, learn the basics of beet seed production, and try your hand at beet pollination.
This class will be held in the Horticulture Building- Room 108.
Free for Friends of Allen Centennial Garden Members with discount code.