Putting small acres to good use: Workshop series announced

11/18/2014 10:28

Sept. 22, 2014

 

Source: Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, 217-782-4617; cvnghgrn@illinois.edu

News writer: Stephanie Henry, 217-244-1183, slhenry@illinois.edu

 

Putting small acres to good use: Workshop series announced

 

URBANA – 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, according to a University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms educator.

 

“How to get started is the question,” said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant.

 

The University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms team is sponsoring a series of workshops on a variety of topics to help people who have a few acres learn ways that they can put them to use.

 

“Putting Small Acres to Work” workshops will be offered between Nov. 1, 2014 and March 7, 2015 at locations throughout Illinois. Topics and presenters will vary at each location, but will include: season extension, vegetable and fruit production, livestock production, choosing scale-appropriate equipment, soil health, beekeeping, herb production, agroforestry, organic production, integrated pest management, and composting.

 

“You don’t have to own hundreds of acres to create a profitable business,” Cavanaugh-Grant said. “We developed these workshops to help people realize the possibilities that a few acres can provide.”

 

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

 

  • Nov. 1 - Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon

 

  • Dec. 6 - NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center, Rockford

 

  • Dec. 6 - Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center at Parkland College, Champaign

 

  • Jan. 21 - Franklin County Extension Office, Benton

 

  • February 14 - John Wood Community College, Quincy

 

  • March 7 - Lincoln Land Community College, Hillsboro
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