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Putting Small Acres To Work, DeKalb, Jan 23

January 26, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Location: Kishwaukee College Conference Center
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150

Description: 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. How to get started is the question. To help answer these questions, attend the workshop, Putting Small Acres to Work, which will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Kishwaukee College Conference Center, Malta.

This workshop is sponsored by:
University of Illinois Extension
Kishwaukee College
DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District
DeKalb County Natural Resources Conservation Services

General Sessions:

  • Analyzing Your Assets will help you understand available resources to assist you in sustainably manage your property as well as touching on rules and regulations that may apply to your property.
  • Markets Matter highlights the multitude of ways to market your product.

When registering below, each attendee will have the opportunity to specify which classes you would like to attend for each session.

Session 1 - 11:15 to 12:15

    • Your Land - Your Choice - Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension educator will share ideas on managing your property for your lifestyle while adding a few dollars to your wallet.
    • Versatile Vegetables - Jeff Wielert of Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce will discuss scaling up for vegetable production and letting markets drive your planning.
    • Small Livestock - Cindee Robinson from R Family Farm will share the basics of sustainably raising small livestock and discuss their business of direct marketing to customers.

Session 2 - 1:00 to 2:00

    • The Buzz about Beekeeping - Phillip Raines from will focus on how the smallest livestock can add dollars to your pocket.
    • Fruitful Fruits - Roger Peucker, owner of Roscoe Orchard, will discuss picking your fruit to make your profit.
    • Value Added: Ideas to make from the produce you grow - Marilyn Csernus, University of Illinois Extension educator will share not only product ideas but understanding the Cottage Industry law and food safety issues.

Session 3 - 2:00 to 3:00

    • Can you see money through the trees? - Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension Educator will discuss managing woodlands for beauty and bounty.
    • Year Round Growing - Mary Brubach of Susie's Garden Patch will share how to maximizing markets with high tunnels. Fresh spinach in February anyone?
    • Starting a Business - Ellen Phillips, University of Illinois Extension educator will outline the basics of a business plan need. Knowing the bottom dollar will help keep the doors open of your new enterprise.

Each workshop costs $30 per person or $40 per couple, which includes lunch and materials. After January 18th, the late registration/walk-in fee is $45 and will not include lunch.

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