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
- 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 July 7, 2017
- Growing Your Market with Grant Funding- WEBINAR
Register by September 22, 2017
Introduction to Farmers Market Metrics: Evaluation for Markets - WEBINAR
June 6, 2017
Vendors: Modern Marketing & Merchandising Essentials - WEBINAR
June 12, 2017
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
June 26, 2017
Sycamore (DeKalb County)
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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.
Join us for a discussion on "Growing Your Hobby Farm Into a Business" with Andy Larson, Local Food Systems and Small Farms educator for University of Illinois Extension in northwesternmost Illinois.
This webinar will teach you the basics of grant writing. Speakers from Illinois farmers markets will discuss their experiences on writing grants for their markets. The webinar is led by Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, New Leaf Consulting.
This guide details the dozens of USDA programs that have been created to help farmers succeed. It is for anyone who is farming or thinking about getting into farming.
Rebecca Osland, from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, talks about the Illinois food sampling certification process; options available to vendors wishing to give samples at the farmers market, application process and costs, and certification resources.
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!