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2014 Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series

This article was originally published on June 4, 2014 and expired on August 19, 2014. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Do you provide fresh produce or meat to your local or regional markets? Are you thinking about diversifying your farming operation? Are you looking for ways to utilize your small acreage? Would you like to get to know some of our local farmers?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are encouraged to participate in our Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series. The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four evening meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evening of each month from June through September, running from 6-8PM.

The intent of these meetings is to provide participants an opportunity to experience different types of production and marketing practices being utilized by southern Illinois producers. By meeting on working farms, participants have the opportunity for a “hands-on” learning experience as well as a chance to ask questions. Over the course of the twilight series, the following topics will be included: high tunnel raspberry and tomato production, mushroom cultivation, apple and peach production, sweetcorn production, freshwater prawns, intensive vegetable production, and utilizing farmers markets, roadside stands, and farm dinners as marketing tools.

Meeting dates and locations:

June 16, 2014 Tanglefoot Ranch, Simpson, IL - Grover & Shirley Webb

July 21, 2014 The Corn Crib, Shawneetown, IL - Donnie & Shirley Ahrens

August 18, 2014 livestock farm - TBA

September 15, 2014 Lipe Orchards, Carbondale, IL - Sara Lipe

We encourage anyone involved or interested in local food production or who enjoys the bounty of local foods to join us for our summer twilight series. There is no better way to learn than by visiting area farms where successful growers and marketers will share their experiences with you.

There is no cost for these programs but pre-registration for each meeting is required. Please register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/. For more information or to register by phone, please call Bronwyn Aly at 618-382-2662 or email baly@illinois.edu.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office at least two weeks prior to the event.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences United States Department of Agriculture * Local Extension Councils Cooperating University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Source: Bronwyn Aly, Extension Educator, Small Farm and Local Food Systems, baly@illinois.edu

Pull date: August 19, 2014

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