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Friday, February 27, 2009

La Crosse event largest U.S. gathering for organic farmers

From an article by Susan Troller in The Capital Times (Madison):

Snug Haven Farms' spinach has been featured on the menu at upscale restaurants like L'Etoile, and this weekend, farmers Judy Hageman and Bill Warner will talk about their success at the 20th annual Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse.

Their class, which focuses on how to grow the dark green veggie in hoop houses, is just one of many planned for the conference, which runs from Thursday, Feb. 26, to Saturday, Feb. 28. The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 people from across the United States and a few foreign countries.

"This conference is the biggest one in the country for organic farmers, and it's just a great experience, whether it's your first time or you've been a part of it from the beginning," said Hageman, who grows spinach in Belleville and regularly sells her produce at the Dane County Farmers' Market. "There is so much hands-on information, and everyone is willing to share what they know. You just have light bulbs going off the whole time you're there. The exhibits are terrific, and the food is magnificent, too."

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