Local Food Workshop

Miller Farms to Host Summer Twilight Meeting

The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Anyone involved or interested in local food production is encouraged and invited to attend. John Miller of Miller Farms is excited to be hosting our first twilight meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. John grew up on a dairy farm, but always had an interest in specialty crops. After buying farmland just outside of Campbell Hill, he and his family moved from Indiana about eight years ago. He planted his first plasticulture strawberries in the fall of 2008 and has continued to develop and diversify his farming operation ever since. John sells his products on the wholesale market as well as direct-marketing to customers from an on-farm stand.

Over the course of the evening, John will discuss his marketing strategies and production practices for the following products: plasticulture strawberries, blueberries, low-tunnel tomatoes, and eggs. Rick Weinzierl, Extension Entomologist, University of Illinois will provide information on monitoring and control of Spotted Wing Drosophila, a potentially serious pest of soft-skinned fruit. Jeff Kindhart, Senior Research Specialist, University of Illinois, will outline the benefits of utilizing low-tunnels in tomato production. Nathan Johanning, Extension Educator, University of Illinois, will discuss utilizing cover crops in specialty crop production systems, and Bronwyn Aly, Extension Educator, will review proper pruning techniques and management of blueberries. For those interested in selling eggs, information on requirements and licensing will also be available.

DATE: Monday, May 18, 2015

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Miller Farms, 918 Calvary Cemetery Rd, Campbell Hill, IL 62916

DIRECTIONS: From Illinois Rt 4 in Campbell Hill, turn South on to S Pine St for a block and stay to the right onto Church St. Follow that to the Calvary Cemetery Rd (at the edge of town). Turn right on to Calvary Cemetery Rd for a little less than one mile and Miller Farms will be on your right.

This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is required. Please register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=12224 or by calling 618-382-2662 no later than May 15, 2015. For more information about the Twilight Meeting contact:

Bronwyn Aly - baly@illinois.edu; 618-382-2662

Nathan Johanning - njohann@illinois.edu; 618-687-1727


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