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Putting Small Acres to Work

2014-2015 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, according to a University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms educator.

“How to get started is the question,” said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant.

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.

“Putting Small Acres to Work” workshops will be offered between Nov. 1, 2014 and March 7, 2015 at locations throughout Illinois. Topics and presenters will vary at each location, but will include: season extension, vegetable and fruit production, livestock production, choosing scale-appropriate equipment, soil health, beekeeping, herb production, agroforestry, organic production, integrated pest management, and composting.

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

Workshops will be held on the following dates (click on the highlighted links below for information and registration; if link not currently available, check back at a later date);

Nov. 1 - Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon

Dec. 6 - NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center, Rockford

Dec. 6 - Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center at Parkland College, Champaign

Jan. 17 - Kankakee Community College, Kankakee

Jan. 21 - Franklin County Extension Office, Benton

February 14 - John Wood Community College, Quincy

March 7 - Lincoln Land Community College, Litchfield

Details and registration information will be posted when available.  For more information, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617 or cvnghgrn@illinois.edu.

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