CROP UPDATE: Program targets income opportunities on small tracts

Posted: Feb. 7, 2013 2:56 pm Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 12:15 pm


For the past six years we've offered an opportunity for folks to learn about potential income-producing activities that they might utilize on just a few acres. "Putting Small Acres to Work" has offered programs on just about everything, with topics ranging from asparagus production to timber management.

The program is targeted towards those who want to explore potential income-producing (or fun and enjoyable) activities that don't require a significant amount of acres, so that they can be done on small tracts of ground.

The speakers are from the local area and are all doing what they're going to talk about. This provides a little more reliability to the presentation because they can talk about the subject with authority.

The topics for this year's program are high tunnels (plastic covered structures similar to a greenhouse, used to extend the growing season), native plants/herbs (growing and harvesting wild or cultivated herbs/forbs for profit), sheep/goats, Christmas trees/timber, vegetable production and basics of food preservation. Each session will be 60 minutes in length, and some of the sessions will be repeated. The format is three sets of breakout sessions featuring three topics at each session.

At noon we'll have the general session topic of "Pricing Your Product." This presentation is designed to help you determine your pricing strategy based upon cost of production and other variables.

The cost for our program is $30 per person, or $40 per couple, including lunch and proceedings.

The date is Saturday, Feb. 16, at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48th Street in Quincy. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m.

Register online at