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Upcoming programs for Small Farms

Posted by Paul Mariman -

Today Posting is programs and events for those interested in food production and farmers markets

Upcoming Programs

  • Creating an Attractive and Efficient Farmer's Market Stand, April 30, 2012. University of Illinois Extension, Livingston County Extension Office, 1412 S. Locust St., Pontiac. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=477&EventID=57400 or contact Christopher Konieczka at cmkonie@illinois.edu or call 815-842-1776.
  • Food Safety: From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates, May 2, 2012. University of Illinois Extension, McLean County Extension Office, 402 North Hershey Road, Bloomington. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=477&EventID=57736 or contact Christopher Konieczka at cmkonie@illinois.edu or call 309-663-8306.
  • Sustainable Beekeeping Practices and Backyard Queen Rearing, May 5, 2012. University of Illinois Extension, Sangamon County Extension Office, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield. Register at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6605 or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at cvnghgrn@illinois.edu or call 217-782-4617.
  • High Tunnels and Agritourism Tour, Vermilion County, May 5, 2012. 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., sites include Strawberry Acres, Danville, IL, Lingley Brothers Produce, Rossville, IL, Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Fithian, IL, and Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount, IL. Register in advance by contacting Steve Ayers at 217-333-7672 or 217.442-8615 or srayers@illinois.edu.
  • High Tunnel Workshop, May 12, 2012. Workforce Careers Center, Lincoln Land Community College, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mike Bollinger will cover siting considerations, pre-planning, and construction of a high tunnel. Participants will assist in constructing a 22'x48' high tunnel during the workshop. Registration is $30. (A discounted rate of $50 will be charged to participants who sign up for this and the June 11 workshop listed below.) Registration includes a box lunch and copies of two books, The Polytunnel Handbook and The Winter Harvest Handbook. For more information and to register, see www.llcc.edu/greencenter or contact Julie Bates at julie.bates@llcc.edu or 217.786.2434. Hosted in conjunction with University of Illinois Extension and funded with the assistance of the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
  • Equipment for Small Farmers, Soil Fertility and More (Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network Workshop), May 12, 2012. Spence Farm, Fairbury, IL, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Register at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6646 or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at cvnghgrn@illinois.edu or call 217-782-4617.
  • SW Illinois Orchard Twilight Meeting, May 24, 2012. Eckert's Grafton Farm, 20995 Eckert Orchard Lane, Grafton, IL. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Andrew Holsinger at 217-532-3941 or aholsing@illinois.edu.
  • High Tunnel Workshop, June 11, 2012. Workforce Careers Center, Lincoln Land Community College, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mike Bollinger and local growers will cover developing a planting plan, planting, and management topics including insect and weed control and winter growing. Registration is $30. (A discounted rate of $50 will be charged to participants who sign up for this and the May 12 workshop listed above.) Registration includes a box lunch and copies of two books, The Polytunnel Handbook and The Winter Harvest Handbook. For more information and to register, see www.llcc.edu/greencenter or contact Julie Bates at julie.bates@llcc.edu or 217.786.2434. Hosted in conjunction with University of Illinois Extension and funded with the assistance of the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
  • Illinois Summer Horticulture Day, June 14, 2012, at Kuipers Family Farm near Maple Park, Illinois. More details in upcoming issues of this newsletter.


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