WATERLOO, Ill. — Keith & Betsy Jones and the family of Feather’s Farm are teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the third of four twilight meetings on Monday, July 11, 2022, starting at 6 p.m. University of Illinois Extension Educators Bronwyn Aly, Nathan Johanning, and Katie Bell have partnered with area farmers over the past eight years to provide four evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois.
Feather’s Farm is located east of Waterloo, in rural Monroe County. It was established in 2018 and has expanded to multiple high tunnels, with greenhouse and field production of a wide range of vegetables and pasture-raised eggs. Their vegetable production is very compact, at only one-third of an acre, while the chickens rotationally graze three acres, so they have plenty of room to spread out. They pride themselves on having a pesticide-free, synthetic-free, no-till production system.
Even their amendments are custom blended on the farm using products like alfalfa and feather meal. They grow crops and maintain several sales outlets, including local Farmer’s Market, an online store, CSA, grocery stores, and restaurants. Keith and Betsy take pride in the products they produce.
“Our lettuce consistently lasts longer and tastes better than what’s in the grocery store. This has been one of the biggest keys to our success,” said Betsy.
Throughout the evening, Keith & Betsy will share their knowledge and experiences building a farm from the ground up. Some highlights will include a demonstration of how they grow lettuce through the summer heat (from seed to harvest), high tunnel and irrigation automation, the importance of irrigation water quality and how to fix poor water quality, rain harvest systems, and no-till production systems. Anyone interested in learning more about local vegetable production and marketing in southern Illinois is encouraged to attend and capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.
DATE: Monday, July 11, 2022
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Feather’s Farm, 5924 J Rd., Waterloo, IL 62298
From Waterloo: Take IL 156 east out of Waterloo about 5 miles to J Rd. Turn right on J Rd and travel about 1.4 miles, and the farm will be on your left.
From Hecker: Take IL 156 west out of Hecker about 4.8 miles to J Rd. Turn left on J Rd and travel about 1.4 miles, and the farm will be on your left.
There is no cost to attend this in-person program, but pre-registration is appreciated. To register online, visitgo.illinois.edu/2022TwilightSeries. 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:
— University of Illinois Extension