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Putting Small Acres to Work

Putting Small Acres to Work

2013-2014 Workshop Series Getting the Most out of Small Acreage

Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a new enterprise, or develop an interest or hobby for its educational or entertainment value.  How to get started is the question.

University of Illinois Extension sponsored a series of workshops (November 2, 2013 - March 29, 2014) to help cultivate ideas on how to develop and manage a small farm entity.  Topics ranged from growing organically or raising livestock, to fruit/vegetable production, woodlot management, marketing and economics, how to develop a small farm business, plus a lot more great information! 

Workshops were held on the following dates:

November 2

  • Saulk Valley Communiity College

January 25

  • Arthur Community Center, Arthur

February 12

  • Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon

February 15

  • Cook County Farm Bureau, Countryside

March 22            

  • Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield

March 29            

  • Kankakee Community College, Kankakee

Each workshop had a unique agenda (see Local Resources and Information below).

Additional Topics

Job Opportunities Local Foods Beekeeping Farm to School Farmers' Market Food Safety Fruit Production Grants and Loans High Tunnels Livestock Marketing and Economics Organics U of I Research Centers Vegetable Production Webinars En Español