Private and commercial pesticide training/testing and testing clinics can be found at the link below. Questions can be directed to the Pesticide Safety Education Program at (800)-644-2123 or (217)-244-2123
Explore Local Programs
- Illinois Farmers Market Association 2017 Spring Webinar Series
Register by May 1, 2017
- Introduction to Farmers Market Metrics: Evaluation for Markets
Register by June 6, 2017
- Vendors: Modern Marketing & Merchandising Essentials - WEBINAR
Register by June 11, 2017
- Engagement Marketing: Using Special Events to Invite and Encourage Customer Loyalty - WEBINAR
Register by June 18, 2017
- Growing Your Market with Grant Funding- WEBINAR
Register by September 22, 2017
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- » 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.
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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.
- The Bulletin
Weekly bulletins during the growing season, letting you know what problem pests to look for before they reach your field.
University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker discusses how good spring hive management can set you up for better honey production later in the year.
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.
2017. Presenter is Grant McCarty, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension.
We are excited to announce the next Master Urban Farmer Training Program for 2017! For this round of training we will be partnering with The Children's Farm at the Center in Palos Park, IL.
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!