Learn about setup, signage, and customer service techniques that will make your booth stand out. Discover how packaging, pricing, and display tactics will make your products sell better, as well as social media marketing strategies.
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May 15-December 31, 2022
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June 18, 2018
2018 Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series - Blueberry Hill Farm
June 18, 2018
Cobden (Union County)
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Have you moved onto a property with neglected apple trees? Or perhaps you have missed out on pruning your trees for a while? You may be able to get your trees on the path towards productivity, but you have decisions to make over the next couple of years.
Learn about the importance and critical concepts of developing a community food system.
The new 2018 Cottage Food Regulations are presented by Rebecca Osland, Manager of Government Relations for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. She clarifies the Illinois Food Freedom Act which covers the Cottage Food rules.
Microgreens are 1-3 week old nutrient packed greens typical grown in flats of soilless medium. Increasing microgreen consumption is allowing some growers to realize gross revenues of $20-$30 per flat. Interested?
Besides giving the garden a finished look, mulch can reduce the labor required for weeding, moderate soil temperatures, conserve water, and even improve yields.
Welcome to the website for the University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Team!
This is our one-stop-shop for production resources, events calendars, and program registrations. Please look around and take advantage of all the resources available here. Contact your local Educator with any questions, concerns, or suggestions that can help us better reach out to the local food and small farm communities!