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Putting Small Acres to Work

Spring 2016 Workshop Series Getting the Most out of Small Acreage

The University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms team is sponsoring a series of workshops on a variety of topics to help people who have a few acres learn ways that they can put them to use.

The workshops will be offered on March 12, 2016 and April 2, 2016, at two locations throughout Illinois. Topics and presenters will vary at each location. Topics may include: social media; small flock poultry; essential equipment for small fruit production; goats and sheep; composting livestock manure; tips for small farm startup – a growers talk; integrated vegetable production; lean farming; growing low and high fruits; high tunnels – return on investment; plus a lot more!

“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,” said University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms educator Laurie George.

“How to get started is the question,” she added.

Workshops will be held on the following dates (click on the highlighted links below for information and registration:

  • March 12, Greenville College, Greenville
  • April 2, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee Registration

“You don't have to own hundreds of acres to create a profitable business,” George said. “We developed these workshops to help people realize the possibilities that a few acres can provide.”

Visit the workshop website,, for more information on speakers and topics and to register. For more information about the series, contact Laurie George at (618) 242-0780 or

Additional Topics

Beekeeping En Español Farm to School Farmers' Market Food Safety Fruit Production Grants and Loans High Tunnels Job Opportunities Livestock Local Foods Marketing and Economics Natural Resources Organics Small Farm Technical Bulletins Tri-State Publication Archives U of I Research Centers Vegetable Production Webinars