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Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781



Registration is open for the 2018 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series!


University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. This year's program flyer.

Choose any number of the following webinars to attend when you register.

2018 Topics are:

1/18/2018; Less Common Fruit Bearing Plants - Dr. Elizabeth Wahle

1/25/2018; Updated High Tunnel Concepts - Zack Grant

2/1/2018; Introduction to Certified Organic Production - Grant McCarty

2/8/2018; Christmas Tree Production and Business Considerations - David Shiley 

2/15/2018; An Update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild: Developing Staple Crop Varieties and Associated Regional Food Grade Markets - Bill Davison

2/22/2018; Creating Community Food Production Systems - Dr. Laurie George

3/1/2018; Heavy Metals in Soils: identifying and acting on contamination - Dr. Andrew Margenot

3/8/2018; Native Pollinators on your Farm - Doug Gucker

3/15/2018; Small Acres Pastured Poultry - Dr. James Theuri

3/22/2018; Growing Ginger, Turmeric, and Other Unique Crops - Chris Enroth

3/29/2018; Tips for Modifying and Building Sprayers for Specialty Crops - Nathan Johanning

REGISTER HERE for whichever webinars you would like to attend.

To view archived recordings of past Illinois Small Farms and Local Foods webinars, please check out our YouTube channel:

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