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Putting Small Acres to Work

2015-2016 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 Dec. 5, 2015 and Apr. 2, 2016 at four locations throughout Illinois. Topics and presenters will vary at each location.

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 available, check back at a later date);

  • December 5, NIU Rockford Conference Center, Rockford
  • December 5, TBA, Decatur
  • March 12,TBA, Greenville
  • April 2, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee

Details and registration information will be posted when available. For more information about the series, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617 or

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