University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties
801 North Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 11:30 - 12:30pm)
201 W. Kenyon Road
Champaign, IL 61820
916 W Seminary Ave
P.O. Box 163
Onarga, IL 60955-0163
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
3164 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12-1pm)
Extending the Season Using High Tunnels Workshop
February 18, 2012
Ford-Iroquois Extension Office
912 W. Seminary Ave.
Onarga, IL 60955 (Ford County)
The Central Illinois Sustainable Farmer Network and U of I Extension Units 9, 12 & 13 will sponsor a workshop focusing on "Extending the Season Using High Tunnels" on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the U of I Extension, Ford-Iroquois Office at 912 W. Seminary in Onarga. The day long workshop will appeal to both commercial and home gardeners who are interested in learning more about hoop houses. University of Illinois student farm manager, Zach Grant, will lead off the presentations with his experiences with season extension using hoop houses at the U of I student farm. U of I Extension Educator, James Theuri, will then review options for pest management with high tunnels. Bob Blain of Riverfront Berry Farm in Martinton will discuss his use of hoop houses at the berry farm. Lunch will be served at 11:45. After lunch, Jeff Kanosky of Bork Nursery will review the use of hoop houses in their commercial operation. Participants will also learn about opportunities for hoop houses through the USDA NRCS EQUIP high tunnel program. Weather permitting, Kanosky will lead a tour of a Bork Nurseries hoop house.
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