CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Small-scale farming can be an excellent option for growing your own food, escaping modern life, getting back to basic survival instincts, and as a business. Small farmers often sell their produce through the farmers' market. In addition to promoting food locations, farmers' markets are a central gathering place for community interaction. According to the USDA, a small-scale farm produces between $1,000 and $250,000 each year.
The University of Illinois Extension and Purdue University Extension will hold the virtual and free Bi-State Small-Scale Agriculture Conference on Wednesday, February 16th, from 7 to 9 p.m. EST (6 to 8 p.m. CST). The Bi-State Small-Scale Ag Conference consists of two 1-hour presentations on Small-Scale Agriculture.
Presenters and topics to be discussed:
Lenny Farlee, Purdue Extension Forester
Presentation Title: Income Opportunities from Private Woodlands
Presentation Description: While timber sales are a common source of woodland income, some non-timber products, and recreation activities can also represent business opportunities. In this presentation, we will explore some products and activities that could produce additional income from your woodlands and provide some resources where you can explore these opportunities.
Christopher Evans, Illinois Extension Forester
Presentation Title: Maple Syrup Production
Presentation Description: When talking about maple syrup, most people think of Canada, Vermont, or the upper Midwest, but the lower Midwest also has the potential to produce quality syrup. From backyard hobby endeavors to commercial-scale producers, maple syrup production can be a fun and rewarding addition to your farm or land.
This presentation will cover the basics of maple syrup production and discuss techniques and equipment used to scale-up production and add efficiency.
Register at: go.illinois.edu/Bi-StateSmallAgConference
If an accommodation is needed to participate in the program, please contact Extension at 217-333-7672. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow enough time to meet access needs.
WRITER: Herbert Chavez, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, U of I Extension
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