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Improve profitability, sustainability of local food, small farm specialty operations


URBANA, IL. – There is no off season on the farm. Winter is a chance for small producers to gain new knowledge. The University of Illinois Extension 2021 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series offers 10 free weekly sessions with tools to improve profitability and sustainability for local foods and small farm specialty operations. 

Until March 25, Extension and industry experts will provide practical knowledge producers can use on emerging topics that advance local food and specialty crop production in Illinois. Topics include biological pest control, aquaculture, cut flower production, regenerative grazing, and accessing wholesale markets. 

Sessions run noon to 1 p.m. CT Thursdays through March 25. To register for one or more of the following sessions or for more information, one may visit go.aces.illinois.edu/SmallFarmWinterWebinar. 

• Jan. 28: Augmentative Biological Control in Protected Culture and Greenhouses, presented by Dr. Kacie Athey

• Feb. 4: Aquaculture and Aquaponics: An Overview For Urban Agriculture, presented by Andrew Coursey

• Feb. 11: So You Want to Be a Farmer, Value-Added Producer?, presented by Andy Larson

• Feb. 18: Spring and Summer Bulbs for Cut Flower Production, presented by Candice Hart

• Feb. 25: Regenerative Grazing: Could It Work on Your Farm?, presented by Doug Gucker and Katie Bell

• March 4: Grower Spotlight: Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains, presented by Jeff Hake

• March 11: Containerized Production: Options When Quality Native Soil Isn't An Option, presented by Zack Grant

• March 18: Food Desert or Food Apartheid?, presented by Grace Margherio and Joey Fonseca

• March 25: Too Small for Wholesale Markets? Think Again, presented by Kathryn Pereira and Chicago Food Action Policy Council staff Marlie Wilson and Dakarai Howard

Each program will be recorded and made available to registered participants following the live session. Past programs are available on YouTube at bit.ly/ILLocalFoodsYouTube. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Zach Grant at zgrant2@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for the requested accommodation.