Local Food/Small Farms Newsletter
In This Issue
- Greetings From U of I Extension
- Local Food Systems and Small Farms Team Website
- Putting Small Acres to Work
- Community Gardening and Urban Farming Workshop
- Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference
- Strategies to Minimize the Potential for Herbicide Injury to Specialty Crops workshop
- Illinois Small Fruit & Strawberry School Southern Illinois Commercial Vegetable School
- Winter Webinar series
- Pesticide Applicator Testing
- 5th Annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival
- 11th Annual Composting Symposium
- Food Safety on the Farm
Greetings From U of I Extension
Welcome to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Extension's Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties Local Food Systems and Small Farms (LFSSF) newsletter. This issue has information about upcoming programs and meetings of interest to farmers as well as those interested in local food systems and small farm issues. Programs include webinars, workshops, conferences and even a film series. The Local Food Systems and Small Farms newsletter will be sent out biannually, however we do offer programming throughout the year. If you would like to be notified of programs, please send me your email address (to email@example.com) so that you can receive the periodic notices of meetings, workshops and field days.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Local Food Systems and Small Farms Team Website
The University of Illinois Extension Local Foods Systems and Small Farms Team now has a "one-stop shop" website for clients to find information, resources, event calendars, and program registrations.
With the Extension reorganization, we currently have 15 local food systems and small farms educators. The new site was designed and developed by LFSSF team members to share information—in one place—for all of our unit programs, such as the statewide calendar.
The website will also offer centralized registration for statewide events such as the Putting Small Acres to Work workshop, the Small Farm Webinar series, and GAPs training.
The website is geared toward farmers, those considering a farming operation, and those interested in local foods. Visitors can find the website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm
Putting Small Acres to Work
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.
University of Illinois Extension and Lincoln Land Community College are co-sponsoring a workshop on a variety of topics to help people who have a few acres learn ways that they can put them to use.
A Putting Small Acres to Work workshop will be offered on Saturday, March 22 at the Trutter Center at Lincoln Land Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
There will be three breakout sessions, with the option to attend one of three presentations followed by lunch and a plenary presentation, Social Media and Marketing, by Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm, Atlanta, IL. Breakout session topics will include: considerations for starting your small farm, cut flower production, growing vegetables year round, soils 101, Cottage Industry Food Law, adding value to your products, pumpkins and agritourism, small orchard management, and basics of transplant production.
Each workshop costs $30 per person or $40 per couple, which includes lunch and materials. Students may attend for $10. Details and registration are available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms or by contacting Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant 217-782-4617; firstname.lastname@example.org
There are seven Putting Small Acres to Work workshops scheduled across the state from January 18 thru April 5. For more information, check out
Community Gardening and Urban Farming Workshop
Area partners will host a community gardening and urban farming workshop on Feb. 8, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Springfield, IL. The workshop will serve as an opportunity for those who already manage or garden at community gardens or urban farms, or those who are interested in learning more, to meet and share best practices.
The registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and materials. For those whom cost is prohibitive, there is an opportunity to attend at no charge.
The event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, genHkids, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, The Neighborhood Gardens, Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center and the University of Illinois Extension.
For more information and to register contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617, email@example.com
Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference
The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held Jan. 8-10, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill. The conference, which features nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, will again host four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, participants may attend one of the preconference workshops. Thursday, Jan. 9, keynote speaker, Eliot Coleman, author, TV host and owner of a year-round market, will kick off the conference by speaking about how to create a thriving farm market. Participants are invited to attend breakout sessions on both Thursday, and Friday.
On-site conference registration (trade show, lunch and educational sessions)
is available. For more information, call Charlene Blary at 309-557-2107 or check out www.specialtygrowers.org
Strategies to Minimize the Potential for Herbicide Injury to Specialty Crops workshop
Strategies to Minimize the Potential for Herbicide Injury to Specialty Crops workshop will be held on Jan. 28th, at 10am at the Galesburg Extension Office. This program is targeted towards local food growers and commercial landscapers & nurseries. The topics will include: Looking down the road at herbicide resistant crops; Diagnosing herbicide damage in vegetable crops; Diagnosing herbicide damage on landscape ornamentals; Strategies to minimize off target drift; IL Dept., of Ag Complaint filing process; and Panel discussion. There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be offered. Information at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/
Illinois Small Fruit & Strawberry School Southern Illinois Commercial Vegetable School
The Annual Illinois Small Fruit & Strawberry School, Southern Illinois
Commercial Vegetable School and a regional Putting Small Acres to Work workshop will be held on February 11-12, 2014 at the Mt Vernon Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL.
These workshops are a great opportunity for both experienced and beginning fruit and vegetable growers, from across the state, to learn from University of Illinois educators as well as experienced growers.
Winter Webinar series
Winter Webinar Series will be held on Thursday afternoons beginning Jan. 9th and concluding March 27th, from 1-2:30pm. The topics will be varied but designed for small farm application.
Jan. 9, 2014 Managing Layers on Pasture
Jan. 16, 2014 Overview of Philosophy & History of Organic Agriculture
Jan. 23, 2014 Pumpkins and Gourdes
Jan. 30, 2014 Approaches to Small-Scale Farm Composting
Feb. 6, 2014 Organic Pest Management: Insects
Feb. 13, 2014 Organic Pest Management: Disease
Feb. 20, 2014 Organic Pest Management: Weeds
Feb. 27, 2014 Asparagus Production
Mar. 6, 2014 Small Orchard: Insects Management
Mar. 13, 2014 Small Orchard: Orchard Management
Mar. 20, 2014 Small Orchard: Disease Management
Mar. 27, 2014 Growing for Ethnic Markets
Sessions are presented by U of I Extension Educators and Specialists. There is no cost to participate. Programs should last approximately one hour. You can log on from home or contact our office if you need access. All these sessions will be recorded and available for viewing.
We also have a collection of past years' webinars located on our web page. On our Small Farms web page, located at: web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/localfoods.html About halfway down, you'll find "Local Resources" which contains the archived webinars. Subjects are quite varied from poultry to vegetables to organic to compost.
Pesticide Applicator Testing
A pesticide use license is required for:
· Anyone using Restricted Use pesticides
· Anyone applying any Restricted or General Use pesticides (any pesticide) in the course of employment
Two training and testing sessions will be held in our Unit. The first will be held on Jan. 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy in Springfield. The second will be held on March 27th at the Knights of Columbus, 217 N. Limit Street in Lincoln. The cost will be $30 per person. Training will be held between 8am-11:30am and testing is 11:45am-2:30pm. You must pre-register to be guaranteed a seat. For more information and to register:
5th Annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival
A film festival focusing on our nation's food industry and how we can create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable world is planned for Saturday, January 25 at Benedictine University's Library, 1500 North 5th Street in Springfield. The University of Illinois Extension, Slow Food Springfield, and the Green Club at Benedictine University are partnering to present the event.
The festival will feature five films from 2:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Benedictine Library's President Room auditorium and adjoining classroom. Admission is $7.00 per person. ($5.00 for Slow Food Springfield members.) Students with a student ID are free. Refreshments and dinner will be provided by 5flavors Catering for purchase during the festival. The featured films include: Ingredients, The Movie; Food, Inc.; Two Angry Moms; The Future of Food: A Looming Crisis; and feature film, Mad City Chickens. More information is available at www.slowfoodspringfield.org
11th Annual Composting Symposium
Lincoln Land Community College's Green Center is hosting the 11th Annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium, "What's the Dirt on Composting" on Feb. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Symposium registration is $30 before Feb. 5, $35 after Feb. 5. The symposium is free to students with a valid ID. Lunch is only guaranteed for those who register by Feb. 5. Build Your Own Bin workshop registration is $15.
Registrations are being accepted now at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/
The symposium is sponsored by the LLCC Green Center, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, University of Illinois Extension, City of Springfield's Division of Waste and Recycling, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois Recycling Association.
Food Safety on the Farm
University of Illinois Extension is offering a "Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) " workshop on February 24 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. This program will provide an overview of GAPs (produce safety issues and impacts), vegetable retailer presentation on concerns about food safety, good handling practices, food defense protocols in the food chain, self-auditing farms for Food safety, crisis and risk management, and writing a food safety plan.
Cost per participant is $15. Pre-registration is required by February 20, 2014. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
For more information and to register http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/
January 8-10—IL Specialty Crops, Agri-Tourism & Organic Conference
January 8—Pesticide Applicator Training & Testing, Springfield
January 9—Managing Layers on Pasture Webinar
January 16—Overview of Organic Agriculture Webinar
January 23—Pumpkins and Gourds Webinar
January 25—Local Food Film Festival, Benedictine University, Springfield
January 28—Drift Workshop, Galesburg Extension Office
January 30—Approaches to Small Farm Composting Webinar
February 4—Southwestern IL Commercial Tree Fruit School, Hardin
February 6—Organic Pest Management—Insects Webinar
February 8—Community Gardening & Urban Farming Workshop, Springfield
February 10—Fresh Market Pepper Production Webinar, 6-7:30 pm
February 11-12—IL Small Fruit & Strawberry School, Mt. Vernon
February 13—Organic Pest Management—Disease Webinar
February 19—11th Annual Composting Symposium, LLCC, Springfield
February 20—Organic Pest Management—Weeds Webinar
February 27—Food Safety on the Farm, Springfield Extension Office
February 27—Asparagus Production Webinar
March 6—Small Orchard: Insects Management Webinar
March 8—Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network Annual Meeting, Station 220, Bloomington
March 13—Small Orchard: Orchard Management Webinar
March 15—Sheep and Goat Improvement Workshop, Effingham
March 20—Small Orchard: Disease Management Webinar
March 22—Putting Small Acres to Work, LLCC, Springfield
March 27—Growing for Ethnic Markets Webinar
March 27—Pesticide Applicator Training & Testing, Lincoln