Hydroponic Production: Summer Twilight Series

Hydroponic Production | Summer Twilight Series

Robin Holloway of Little River Farm is teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the first of four twilight meetings at his farm. Throughout the evening, Holloway will share his experiences as a beginning farmer growing hydroponic lettuce, tomatoes, and strawberries. He will focus on production techniques within his two high tunnels, including his experiences with different hydroponic systems for lettuce production, the use of bumblebees to improve pollination, and his high tunnel heating and cooling systems. Dr. Kacie Athey, Specialty Crops Entomologist, University of Illinois Crop Sciences, will discuss different biological insect control options. Holloway will also discuss how demand drove his expansion as he sells mainly in the “off-season” of September through June in both wholesale and retail channels.  

Explore Additional Programs in the Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series

During warm summer evenings, you’ll find our Local Foods team hosting events to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Over the past seven years, the team has partnered with area farms to provide evening twilight meetings to allow participants to experience different types of production and marketing practices utilized by local producers.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Bronwyn Aly at baly@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.


Value-Added Products from Orchards | June 20 at 6 p.m. 

Join us at Glacier’s End in Johnston City to learn about value-added products from orchards. Glacier's End is agribusiness-focused on specialty crops and cottage foods. They specialize in preserving food and beverages primarily sourced from their orchard, gardens, and woods, and they supplement from local farms and growers. Their production allows them to cultivate rare and unique varieties of fruit, vegetables, and flowers as they create delicious products for their kitchen and cellar. Owners Derek and Libby Ervin will demonstrate how they use natural fermentation processes and traditional methods to preserve their fruit and vegetables, producing healthy and delicious creations.


High Tunnel & Field Vegetable Production | July 11 at 6 p.m. 

Join us at Feather's Farm in Waterloo to learn about high tunnel and field vegetable production.


Pasture-raised Livestock | August 15 at 6 p.m. 

Join us at The Flock Farm in Anna to learn about pasture-raised livestock.