March 4, 2011
In this podcast, Al Zwilling talks about the Capacity Building Framework and how it is applied to local foods. Like any business, an understanding of what part of your operation might be holding you back can yield big improvements for people interested in local foods. The diagram shown here illustrates several of the points Al makes. http://i.imgur.com/A1lqe.jpg
February 11, 2011
In this podcast, Gina Backes explains how Market Maker is helping the Gulf coast region recover from the oil spill. Also in this podcast Gina describes how the Buy and Sell Forum feature of Market Maker helps buyers and sellers find each other more quickly than ever before.
January 25, 2011
Publicizing the agriculture industry in your area can be a valuable boost to local foods producers. In this podcast Barb Curry from Illinois describes a very successful program called the Ag Breakfast where local producers showcase their products.
January 6, 2011
- In this podcast, Al Zwilling from the University of Illinois Extension explains the ins and outs of the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant. From the purchase of a refrigerator and better publicity on up to money to start a totally new Farmer's Market, this grant helps Local Foods producers to create new and better markets.
December 21, 2010
In this Local Foods podcast, Kari Houle, Extension Educator with the University of Illinois Extension, explains how High Tunnels can be used to extend the growing season for Local Foods producers. She also explains that management of fertility, crop rotation and other factors become even more important with the longer growing season that a High Tunnel affords.
December 7, 2010
In this On Local Foods podcast, Gina Backes talks about new features in Market Maker that help consumers give the gift of Local Foods and help Local Foods producers get the word out about their products.
November 18, 2010
In this Local Foods podcast, Kyle Cecil, Extension Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, explains the "why" of local foods. Conversations between producers and consumers help both sides learn what is important to the other.
November 4, 2010
In this podcast, Extension Specialist Al Zwilling talks about three grant opportunities that can help farmers markets and local foods producers. You can learn more at www.grants.gov and http://illinoisresource.net/
October 7, 2010
In this podcast, Gina Backes talks about how the Market Maker system can be of use for people interested in local foods and Agra-tourism.
September 23, 2010
In this podcast Margaret Larson County Director in Stephenson and Winnebago Counties in Illinois, talks to Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant about farm tours of operations that are of particular interest to local foods producers and consumers.