Twilight meetings highlight farming enterprises
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.
Organizers said that anyone who is involved or interested in local food production is encouraged and invited to attend the meetings.
Jill Rendleman of All Seasons Farm near Cobden is scheduled to host the season's first twilight meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16.
University of Illinois Extension and All Seasons Farm will be joined by Food Works, which will be a cosponsor for the meeting.
The program is provided at no cost, but preregistration is required.
Registration is available online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=14503 or by calling 618-382-2662 no later than May 13.
Jill Rendleman has a long history in the field of agriculture and decided several years ago to pursue her dream of an organic vegetable operation.
After a lot of research and planning, Rendleman and her husband found suitable property in Union County and established All Seasons Farm.
Rendleman sells her products on the wholesale market, as well as direct marketing to customers through her CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and at area farmers markets.
Over the course of the evening, Rendleman plans to share her experiences with production and marketing practices on her certified organic farm, as well as provide a basic overview of the steps involved in attaining and maintaining this certification.
All Seasons Farm utilizes moveable high tunnels and low tunnels to grow a wide variety of vegetable crops nearly 12 months out of the year.
In addition to season extension, Rendleman will also share production techniques for raising transplants, pest management, and amending and improving the soil.
The organizers of the event noted that with three acres in production, All Seasons Farm "is an excellent example of a successful Southern Illinois small farm enterprise. We encourage anyone interested in vegetable production or the process of organic certification to capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity."
Directions to All Seasons Farm from Anna were provided by University of Illinois Extension:
Drive north on New US Highway 51 approximately 8 miles. The entrance to the farm is located on the Union County/Jackson county line. Turn left immediately at Jackson County line sign and drive up the lane. Stay left on the lane and drive about half a mile to large white farm house.