Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

2015 - 2016 Univ of Ill Small Farm Webinars

  • Crop Production Planning
    Join Extension educator Zack Grant in an informational webinar on how to use spreadsheets to plan out your crop production year. If interested in the spreadsheets e-mail him at: zgrant2@illinois.edu

  • Farm Pond Ecology: Managing for Desirable Plants and Fish
    David Shiley, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension discusses pond fertility, sedimentation, controlling undesirable species in ponds, and managing for sustainable populations of desirable fish and plants.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act - Changes for Small Farms
    University of Illinois Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator James Theuri discusses the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act, including who is exempt from coverage, agricultural water testing, soil amendments of animal origin, and keeping records for hygiene and sanitation. Category Education

  • Getting Your Beehives Ready for Spring
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker discusses how good spring hive management can set you up for better honey production later in the year. He talks about equipment, feeding, bee population dynamics, queens, and insect and varmint pests.

  • Growing Great Blackberries
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Bronwyn Aly discusses blackberry production, including site selection and preparation, cultivar selection and establishment, fertility, irrigation, pest management, pruning, training, and trellising.

  • Lambing & Kidding Season: Be Prepared!
    Lambing and kidding period is a very important time of year for the grazer, and for the animals too. It is important that both be well prepared for this exciting time of new arrivals. Preparations include proper birthing, health of ewe or doe, proper feeding and gathering necessary supplies. Proper prior preparation has a big impact on the success of your operation.

  • Lean Farming: Cutting Waste and Maximizing Efficiency on Small Farms
    Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator Zack Grant discusses cutting waste and maximizing efficiency on the small farm using the concept of "lean."

  • Managing Horse Pastures on Small Farms and Acreages
    Jamie Washburn, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educators for University of Illinois Extension discusses good pasture management for horse owners, including horse grazing habits, designing a pasture system, stocking rates, selecting the best forage species, horse health, and fencing.

  • More Lean Farming
    Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator Zack Grant discusses cutting waste and maximizing efficiency on the small farm using the concept of "lean." 20 minutes of bonus video on additional types of waste and how to reduce them.

  • Producing Shiitake Mushrooms
    Grant McCarty, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension, discusses shiitake mushroom production - choosing spawn, selecting a growing medium, inoculation, tools, timing, and fruiting.

  • Raising Meat Birds on Pasture
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Andy Larson discusses raising meat birds (i.e. broilers and turkeys) on pasture, including selecting the best meat breeds, meat production efficiency, successful brooding, equipment and housing, nutrition, processing, budgeting, and marketing.

  • Setting Up a Grazing system on a Small Farm
    University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator Jay Solomon discusses grazing system design for small farms and acreages, including grazing goals and principles, grazing techniques, perimeter and interior fencing, and paddock sizing and layout.

  • Soils and Soil Fertility for Small Farms
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator Mike Roegge discusses soil types, soil tests, soil fertility, soil quality, and soil improvement!

  • The Emerging Local Grain Economy in Illinois
    Bill Davison, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension, discusses the local food-grade grains economy emerging in Illinois, including production of ancient, heirloom, and organic grains, selecting good varieties for yields and quality, and the equipment and infrastructure necessary to add value and market them locally.

  • Using Cover Crops on Small Farms
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Nathan Johanning discusses using cover crops on small farms, including benefits and challenges of cover crops, how to use cover crops in different types of cropping systems, how to choose which cover crops to use, how to successfully establish cover crops, and how to efficiently terminate cover crops.