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Season Extension and Year-Round Markets

Season Extension and Year-Round Markets
ISCAOC Springfield, IL Jan. 8, 2014

10:00 Introduction

10:05 Why Season Extension is Important for Increasing Supplies of Local Foods in Illinois. Cynthia Haskins, Illinois Farm Bureau

10:25 How Farmers' Market Managers Approach Year-Round Marketing. Dennis Clarkson, Evanston Winter Market, Evanston, IL

10:50 Extending the CSA Season. Nichols Farm and Orchard, Marengo, IL

11:15 Can Sales to Schools Provide Profitable Season Extension? Julia Govis, University of Illinois

11:35 How Strong is Off-Season Demand? Audience Discussion

Noon Lunch

1:00 Opportunities, Challenges, and Limitations for Season Extension Using High Tunnels. Jeff Kindhart, University of Illinois

2:00 Don't Ignore the Minor Adaptations–Cold Frames, Raised Beds, Row Covers, and Transplants. Kyle Cecil, University of Illinois

2:30 Insect Management in Fall Crops. Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois

3:00 Break

3:15 High Tunnels–Understanding the Range of Structures Available. Jeff Kindhart, University of Illinois

3:45 Making Extended Seasons Profitable. Bob Blain, Riverfront Berry Farm, Martinton, IL; Chad Wallace, Oaktree Organics, Ashland, IL; and Frank Butler, Strawberry Acres, Danville, IL

4:15 Questions and Answers. University, Industry, and Grower Panel, with Audience Contributions

5:00 Adjourn to trade show




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