By MIKE ROEGGE
Winter is the traditional time when we offer educational opportunities to growers and gardeners. This year we've got quite a number of these opportunities available for fruit and vegetable growers. Regardless of size of operation, from backyard gardeners to those who produce by the acre, these sessions are designed to help you improve management of the crops you grow.
Sessions being offered will cover quite a variety of topics. Many, but not all, of those sessions will be conducted via distance programming as webinars, meaning you can listen and learn from your home. Or, if you'd prefer to attend at our office, we'll host the program here as well.
The first of these programs is actually a series that will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10.
Topics include raising broiler turkeys (Jan. 10), strawberry production (Jan. 17), sheep/goats (Jan. 24), wildlife damage control (Jan. 31), growing and marketing unique vegetables (this session 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 5), fruit insect management (Feb. 7), farm finances (Feb. 14), seed saving (Feb. 21), crop rotations in high tunnels (Feb. 28), farm to school sales (March 7), beneficial insects (March 14), pasture weed control (March 21) and crop budgeting (March 28).
This webinar alone has just about something for everyone. And you can attend any or all of these for no charge. You'll need to register to receive the log on information at extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar.
For a listing of other educational programs being offered over the next few months please visit our website, web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps.