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Community Workshops
 

Lincoln Land Community College offers sustainability workshops on a variety of topics for community members. 

If you have an idea for a community workshop you would like to see offered through LLCC, please contact the Green Center.


High Tunnel Production Workshop
 
High Tunnel Production
Lincoln Land Community College
Workforce Careers Center 2115
Monday, November 3, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Registration: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=10896

Experienced growers from Mill Creek Farm, Prairie City Farm, PrairiErth Farm, and the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm present a myriad of ways high tunnels, or unheated greenhouses, can be used to extend the growing season and establish a more controlled growing environment. Learn how high tunnels are being used by farmers to connect with their markets without pause, provide a more balanced income, and contribute to a healthy, vibrant community throughout the year.

See fixed and V-track movable high tunnels in action, and learn from a panel of experienced high tunnel growers on topics related to high tunnel production such as:

·         Getting started

o   Needs and approach

o   Planting schedule

o   Soil preparation

·         Sowing and Equipment

o   Tools

o   Weed control

·         Harvesting

·         Marketing and Economics

o   Packaging

o   Setting prices

o   Making it pay

·         Pest and disease management

·         Recordkeeping

·         Lessons learned

 

Presenter Bios

Mill Creek Farms

Mike Roegge is a Local Food Systems/Small Farms Educator with University of Illinois Extension. He and his wife Theresa own and operate Mill Creek Farms in Quincy. They raise vegetables and fruits and sell through a farm stand as well as wholesale.

Prairie City Farm

Andy Heck is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a BS in biological sciences and secondary education, and has been farming in the central Illinois are for over ten years. For the past five years he farmed with Garick Veenstra in Rochester, Illinois. During that time they were named the Illinois sustainable farmers of the year for 2012. Andy is excited about the amount of educational opportunities that his urban farm can provide.

Gus Jones is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and sustainable food systems. Gus has over ten years of farming experience, and most recently built and managed the Sung Harbor Heritage Farm in Staten Island New York. Gus is excited to bring his enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge back to central Illinois.

University of Illinois Student Sustainable Farm

Zack Grant is the Manager/Director of the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF). Zack has been managing the SSF for 6 years. The SSF is a living small farm laboratory located on south farms at UIUC. It's mission is to grow year-round, high quality produce for the Dining Halls and university community. In addition, the SSF conducts research in small scale farming techniques, season extension techniques, and outreach to the larger growing community.