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Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
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ljgeorge@illinois.edu

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Salem, IL 62881
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Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

 

University of Illinois Extension Local Foods Systems and Small Farms programming acknowledges and supports the growing popularity of backyard gardeners and part time farmers who grown fruits and vegetables and sell them at farmers markets and other venues. 

 

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