Tom Syverud will give a presentation on his work in Southern Africa as part of USAID. Tom has been involved in the Farmer to Farmer education program for the past twenty years, most recently providing assistance to small scale vegetable farmers in Malawi. His presentation will describe his work with a coop of 30 farmers growing mixed vegetables and their efforts to reduce problems associated with complications caused by climate change, and relate how similar these issues are to vegetable production here in northern Wisconsin.
After graduating from UW-Madison with a master in soil science, Tom Syverud was the superintendent of the UW Ashland Agricultural Research Station for sixteen years, working on dairy, field crop and horticultural research projects. Later he was an UW-Extension agricultural agent in the northern countries, working with farmers and teaching the Master Gardener’s class for fifteen years. He has completed twenty-five international agricultural assignments for USDA and US AID, including nine for the Farmer to Farmer program.
Sponsored by the Hulings Rice Food Center, this is free and open to the public.