Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

2016 - 2017 Univ of Ill Small Farm Webinars

  • ABCs of Strawberry Plasticulture Production
    Looking for earlier ripening and higher return on investment from your strawberries? You might consider annual production in a plasticulture system, instead of the traditional perennial or matted row systems. Join us for a discussion on the “ABCs of Strawberry Plasticulture Production" with Bronwyn Aly, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension.

  • Benefits of Mulching Vegetables
    Mulching can be a an attractive and profitable addition to any vegetable garden. Besides giving the garden a finished look, mulch can reduce the labor required for weeding, moderate soil temperatures, conserve water, and even improve yields. Join us for a discussion on "Benefits of Mulching Vegetables" with James Theuri, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in northeastern Illinois.

  • Buying Hay: Quality vs. Cost
    Buying hay is an expensive necessity for most producers supporting livestock through the winter. There are ways to feed hay more efficiently and better match the quality of hay to the needs of your operation. Join us for a discussion on “Buying Hay: Quality vs. Cost” with Jamie Washburn, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension.

  • Do Your Bees Have Parasitic Mite Syndrome?
    Interest in beekeeping is on the rise. Unfortunately, so are the challenges beekeepers are facing in terms of pest populations and colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers need to know the warning signs of a bee pest problem and what to do to proactively reduce pest pressure in the hive. Join us for a discussion on "Parasitic Mite Syndrome" with Doug Gucker, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in central Illinois.

  • Food Safety Midwest Produce Growers
    After several food-borne illness scares in recent years, there has been more and more attention being placed on food safety. If you grow fresh fruits and vegetables, you have almost certainly heard of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), and you probably have questions about how it’s going to affect you and your operation. Join us for a discussion on "Food Safety Needs for Midwest Produce Growers” with Dr. Angela Shaw, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Food Safety Specialist and Director of the North Central Regional Center for FSMA Training, Extension, and Technical Assistance.

  • Growing Your Hobby Farm into a Business
    Raising food plants and livestock for personal and family use is fun, but as the scale of your hobby grows, so do the costs. Sooner or later, you'll probably wonder whether you should be treating these pursuits as a business, but there is more to this decision than finding tax write-offs. Join us for a discussion on "Growing Your Hobby Farm Into a Business" with Andy Larson, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in northwesternmost Illinois.

  • Maximizing Windbreaks on Your Farm
    Whether you are planning a new windbreak or renovating an established one, there are design and species considerations that must be taken into account to achieve maximum benefit. Join us for a discussion on "Maximizing Windbreaks on Your Farm" with Doug Gucker, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in central Illinois.

  • Pruning Old and Neglected Fruit Trees
    Have you moved onto a property with neglected apple trees? Or perhaps you have missed out on pruning your trees for a while? You may be able to get your trees back on the path towards productivity, but you have some decisions to make over the next couple years. Join us for a discussion on "Pruning Old and Neglected Apple Trees” with Grant McCarty, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension.

  • Small Commercial Microgreen Production
    Microgreens are 1-3 week old nutrient packed greens typical grown in flats of soilless medium. Increasing microgreen consumption is allowing some growers to realize gross revenues of $20-$30 per flat. Interested? Join us for a discussion on "Small Commercial Microgreen Production” with Zack Grant, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in Cook County.

  • Small-Scale Cut Flower Production
    Looking for a beautiful and interesting new crop for your farm? Well, you’ve probably seen more farm-fresh bouquets and arrangements at local markets in recent seasons, and perhaps you’re wondering how a farmer gets started in flower production. Join us for a discussion on “Slow Flowers: Small-Scale Cut Flower Production” with Candice Hart, Horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.

  • Soil Management for High Tunnels
    High tunnel production is very intensive and good soil management is a key aspect of maximizing production and crop health. Soil management can impact nutrient uptake, crop rooting, pest management, and water availability for the crop. Join us for a discussion on "Soil Management for High Tunnels" with Nathan Johanning, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in southern Illinois.