Workshops Offer Help for Small-Scale Farmers

A series of workshops, offered by the University of Illinois, aim to help those interested in sustainable, small-farm operations.

| February 6, 2009

  • Growing vegetables is one option for the small-scale farmer.
    Growing heirloom vegetables is one option for the small-scale farmer.

  • Growing vegetables is one option for the small-scale farmer.

Soil testing, plant propagating, identifying diseases and pests and selecting the right equipment are some of the topics to be addressed during five workshops offered this spring for small-scale farming operations.

"The Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB) workshops are geared toward people interested in launching a small farm business that is economically and environmentally sustainable," says Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois extension specialist, Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture and CIFB co-facilitator.

Now in its fourth year, Central Illinois Farm Beginnings is a program co-sponsored by the U of I Extension and The Land Connection. The year-long program includes course work, field days and workshops and hands-on mentorships.

"This year we are opening the workshops to those people who are not able to commit to the full year program," says Terra Brockman, founder of The Land Connection and CIFB co-facilitator.

Complete information about the workshops, including registration, is  available on the Web .

The schedule is as follows:

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