What: A series of half-day educational events on specific agricultural subjects
Why: To improve your skills through in-the-field learning from the experts
Who: Farmers and experienced gardeners
Where: Across Illinois
When: Periodically throughout the year
Saturday, September 27, 1:00-4:00pm
Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, 4410 N Lincoln Ave, Champaign, IL
Saving seed is a practice as old as agriculture itself and yet the practice of it has faded in recent years with the advent of hybrid seed and a decrease in home and small-scale production. In this three hour workshop, Vicki Nowicki, founder of the Liberty Gardens Seed-Lending Library, will first discuss the principles of seed saving, then take us to the plot of Heirloominous Farm where she will demonstrate how to save lettuce and bean seeds.
Here is the link for registration for this workshop.
Farmer Grant Writing Workshop
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm (registration 5:30-6:00 pm)
University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield, IL
Existing and prospective farmers are invited to participate in a grant writing workshop to learn about the basics of grant writing as well as specifics on grants available through the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Rancher Grant Program and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Tractor Repair and Maintenance Workshop
Chicken Plucker Workshop