Think Global, Eat Local - focuses on small agricultural businesses in rural areas around Mt. Vernon Illinois, and how important it is to support your local farmers.
Explore Local Programs
- Engagement Marketing: Using Special Events to Invite and Encourage Customer Loyalty - WEBINAR
Register by July 7, 2017
- Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Workshop - JEFFERSON COUNTY
Register by July 17, 2017
- Growing Your Market with Grant Funding- WEBINAR
Register by September 22, 2017
Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series - JC's Produce & Pies
June 19, 2017
Sesser (Franklin County)
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
June 26, 2017
Sycamore (DeKalb County)
Engagement Marketing: Using Special Events to Invite and Encourage Customer Loyalty - WEBINAR
July 10, 2017
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- » Dirt Under Your Nails Blog
Small farms, local foods, alternative agriculture, acreages, sustainability
- » Good Growing Blog
Keeping you growing with good ideas
- » Learn, Grow Food, Eat It...... Blog
Exploring local food production and issues in urban areas at a variety of scales.
- » Raise, Grow, Harvest, Eat, Repeat Blog
A blog for growers, consumers, and backyard gardeners to grow, eat, and connect in the local food system.
- » Small Farms Blog
Fruit and vegetable updates for local producers
- Crop, Stock and Ledger
Crop, Stock and Ledger covers a variety of agricultural and natural resources issues.
- Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News
A newsletter on the production of fruit and vegetable crops in Illinois.
- Illinois Pesticide Review
The Illinois Pesticide Review provides concise information on legislation, regulations, and other developments directly impacting pesticide use in Illinois.
- Illinois Small Farms Newsletter
News pertaining to small farm operations in Illinois.
- The Bulletin
Weekly bulletins during the growing season, letting you know what problem pests to look for before they reach your field.
The 2017 Illinois Hops Census is now open. Hop growers are asked to list their acreage in order to determine overall acreage for the state of Illinois.
Beginning at the end of July and continuing in August, sites throughout the State will collect containers. The containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.
Welcome to the website for the University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Team!
This is our one-stop-shop for production resources, events calendars, and program registrations. Please look around and take advantage of all the resources available here. Contact your local Educator with any questions, concerns, or suggestions that can help us better reach out to the local food and small farm communities!