SIMPSON, Ill. — Do you grow and sell fresh products locally? Are you considering diversifying your farming operation? Would you like to get to know your local farmer? Join University of Illinois Extension educators as they team up with area farmers to provide four monthly evening meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois.
The series will provide participants an opportunity to experience different types of production and marketing practices used by southern Illinois producers. By meeting on working farms, participants have the opportunity for a “hands-on” learning experience as well as a chance to ask questions.
Throughout the four twilight meetings, growers and extension educators will provide information on the following topics: annual plasticulture strawberry production, insect pests in high tunnel production and management strategies with natural predators, high tunnel vegetable production, no-till tomato and pepper production, regenerative grazing techniques in cattle production, and utilizing roadside stands and other techniques to direct-market products.
At each of the meetings, individuals will have a networking opportunity, which is an important step in forming relationships with other local enterprises. This opportunity helps to increase business for both parties, grow the capacity of our local foods and small farms, and support a stronger, more sustainable, regional economy.
The meetings are scheduled monthly on Monday evenings, May through August, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates at the locations listed below:
- May 17, 2021 – Flamm Orchards, 8760 Old Highway 51 N, Cobden, IL – plasticulture strawberry production
- June 21, 2021 – Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, 354 State Hwy. 145 N, Simpson, IL – high tunnel insect management & vegetable production
- July 12, 2021 – Baebler Educational Farm, 4022 JJ Rd., Waterloo, IL – no-till tomato & pepper production
- August 16, 2021 – Bauman Family Farm, 2230 Buncombe Rd., Vienna, IL – regenerative grazing in cattle production
There is no cost to attend these in-person programs, but pre-registration is required as capacity is limited to 50 participants for each meeting to allow for social distancing. Please do not attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Face masks will be required by attendees and staff. To register online for any or all of the meetings in this series, go to go.illinois.edu/2021TwilightSeries. To register by phone call 618-695-2441.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Bronwyn Aly at email@example.com. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
For more information, please contact:
Bronwyn Aly – 618-695-2441, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Johanning – 618-939-3434, email@example.com
Katie Bell – 618-687-1727, firstname.lastname@example.org
— University of Illinois Extension
For more articles out of Illinois, click here.