MURPHYSBORO, Ill.— University of Illinois Extension is excited to be the host for the fourth and final twilight meeting at the Jackson County Extension Office on Monday, August 19, 2019 starting at 6 p.m.  University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educators, Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning, have been partnering with area farms over the past five years to provide evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois.  Anyone involved or interested in local food production or learning more about farms in our region is encouraged and invited to attend.  The Jackson County Extension Office is located on over 8 acres and over the last 5 years almost 2 acres of that has been turned into demonstration gardens and field research areas for fruit & vegetable crops, including a small high tunnel.  This season research continues in the field and high tunnel on a variety of crops!

Over the course of the evening, Aly and Johanning will discuss the current research including high tunnel production of vegetables & cut flowers, no-till tomato production & variety selection, asparagus production, nutrient management in pumpkins, and cover crops.  Also, for those interested in high tunnels, Bryan Shupe, NRCS Soil Conservationist will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the funding opportunities for high tunnel construction through the EQIP program of NRCS.  We encourage anyone interested in learning more about diverse vegetable production in southern Illinois to capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.

The Jackson County Extension Office is located at 402 Ava Road in Murphysboro. This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is appreciated.  Please by calling (618) 687-1727 no later than Friday, August 16, 2019.  For more information about the Twilight Meeting, contact Bronwyn Aly at (618) 695-6060 or Nathan Johanning at (618) 687-1727.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact your local registration office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

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Nathan Johanning, 618-687-1727,

Bronwyn Aly, 618-695-6060,