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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Email: uie-jsw@illinois.edu
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Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Registration open for University of Illinois Extension's Small Farm Winter Webinar Series

Fields and gardens may soon be snowed over, but winter is the perfect time to develop new skills in small farming and local food production, whether it’s expanding to include new specialty crops or learning the art of high tunnel production.

University of Illinois Extension will once again be hosting the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, featuring practical lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Participants can tune in right from their desk or laptop every Thursday at noon from January 18 through March 29, 2018.

The 12-part series will include presentations on soil contamination, organic certification, community food systems, and native pollinators. A complete list of topics and free registration are available online at http://go.aces.illinois.edu/WinterWebinars.

“Many of these webinars provide an introduction to a new growing practice, crop, or method,” states Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Extension Educator. “Each presentation is designed to give you an overview on everything you need to consider when it comes to making decisions to improve your farm.”

 

Presentations will be led by an Extension educator or University of Illinois faculty member, and made available online for later viewing. The award-winning series has been around since 2011, and its online archives (available since 2015) have received over 60,000 views and over 12,000 hours of view time.

Registration is free and participants will receive a webinar reminder, log in instructions, and instructions to access the archived recording.  Those who do not have broadband internet capable of streaming video are encouraged to contact their local Extension office to see if they offer live viewing. Individuals who need to request a reasonable accommodation to participate can also contact their local Extension office.

Jan. 18 - Less Common Fruit Bearing Plants, Elizabeth Wahle, University of Illinois Extension Commercial Ag Educator (Fruits and Vegetables)

Jan. 25 - Updated High Tunnel Concepts, Zachary Grant, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Feb. 1 - Introduction to Certified Organic Production, Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Feb. 8 - Christmas Tree Production and Business Considerations, Dave Shiley, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Feb. 15 - An Update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild: Developing Staple Crop Varieties and Associated Regional Food Grade Markets, Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Feb. 22 - Creating Community Food Production Systems, Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Mar. 1 - Heavy Metals in Soils: Identifying and Acting on Contamination, Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences, College of ACES

Mar. 8 - Native Pollinators on Your Farm, Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Mar. 15 – Small Acres Pastured Poultry, James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Mar. 22 - Growing Ginger, Turmeric, and Other Unique Crops, Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator

Mar. 29 - Tips for Modifying and Building Sprayers for Specialty Crops, Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

 

For Further Information Contact:

Source: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator: 815-235-4125

Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, gmccarty@illinois.edu

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County), nkeltner@illinois.edu