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Put small acreage to work

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 9:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT

Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a new enterprise, or develop an interest or hobby for its educational or entertainment value. How do you get started? To help answer this question and learn more, attend the workshop “Putting Small Acres to Work” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at Kishwaukee College Conference Center in Malta.

To develop new ideas to profit from your small acres, attend the two general sessions and choose one breakout session. Year Round Growing with Mary Brubach of Susie’s Garden Patch will share how to maximize markets by extending the growing season by using high tunnels. Organic Vegetable Production with Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms educator, will teach new ways to prepare for growing vegetables organically. Choose between Soil Management and Sheep and Goat Production for a breakout session, both presented by University of Illinois Extension Educators.

The cost for the program is $10 per person and $5 for each additional family member. Fees include materials for one family. Registration is required by Jan. 14. To register, or for a copy of the brochure, call 815-758-8194 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. The program may be canceled due to insufficient registration or extreme weather conditions.

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