COBDEN, Ill. — Karl Sweitzer Produce is teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the third of four twilight meetings at their farm on Monday, July 16, 2018 starting at 6 p.m. University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educators, Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning, have been partnering with area farmers over the past four years to provide four evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Anyone involved or interested in local food production or learning more about farms in our region is encouraged and invited to attend. Karl Sweitzer Produce is located on the north side of Cobden, IL in Union County. Karl Sweitzer started raising vegetables in 2008. Sweitzer is an experienced vegetable grower and markets through many farmer’s markets in the area. He produces a wide range of crops including broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, beets, green beans, squash, okra, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, asparagus and strawberries.
Over the course of the evening, Karl will share his experiences getting starting and expanding his production over the years. We will be covering production aspects of this wide range of crops, including fall vegetable production of cole crops, along with discussing how he manages all of the crops and markets with family and some high school summer help. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about diverse vegetable production and marketing in southern Illinois to capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.
DATE: Monday, July 16, 2018
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Karl Sweitzer Produce 50 Aldridge Rd. Cobden, IL 62920
DIRECTIONS: PARKING: Due to limited space we will be parking at the city park just east of old IL 51 and Locust St. and shuttling participants over to the farm. Watch for signs.
From the South (Anna): Take Old Highway 51 to Cobden. On the north side of Cobden turn left on Locust St. and an immediate left on to Lingle St. and go about a block to Poplar St./Aldridge Rd. Turn right and the farm will be on the right.
From the North (Carbondale): Go south on US-51 for 8 and turn right onto Old US 51 toward Cobden and continue on it for about 7 miles. Turn right Locust St. and an immediate left on to Lingle St. and go about a block to Poplar St./Aldridge Rd. Turn right and the farm will be on the right.
This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is appreciated. Please register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/or by calling 618-695-6060 no later than Friday, July 13, 2018. For more information about the Twilight Meeting contact:
Bronwyn Aly – firstname.lastname@example.org; 618-695-6060
Nathan Johanning – email@example.com; 618-687-1727
Click the link for a flyer:Karl Sweitzer Produce Flyer
— University of Illinois Extension
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