IS: University of Wisconsin adds Urban Food Systems specialist

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has hired a new urban and regional food systems specialist who joined the university as an assistant professor and extension specialist. Julie Dawson, the first UW-Madison plant scientist hired to specialize in urban and peri-urban agriculture, will focus on the needs of Wisconsin's small, diversified, direct-to-market farms — including those located in and around urban areas — that sell their produce at local farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores, and through Community Supported Agriculture shares. Dawson plans to run variety trials to start identifying the best-tasting, highest-quality produce that can be grown on the state's urban farms. Dawson also envisions developing a college course that will help students understand the skills needed to run a small farm or community garden.

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