Mendota reporter | Kish Launches Virtual Farming Workshop Series

MALTA – Kishwaukee College’s community education program has launched a new series of agricultural workshops that highlight various aspects of agriculture and food production. All lessons will take place virtually.

The new series includes several different courses this summer that will teach participants about self-directed farming practices, which can be turned into entrepreneurial opportunities. Local experts will explore topics such as market gardening, sheep farming, beekeeping and more.

“Food and agriculture provide many opportunities for our local community,” said LaCretia Konan, Dean of Workforce and Community Education. “These courses allow anyone interested in agriculture to take initiatives and create a positive impact for themselves and their environment.

The following courses will be available in the coming weeks:

Start your edible garden – Learn how to grow fruits and vegetables in your own garden. Landscape designer and gardener Katie Powell-Lee will teach the instructor-led classes, which begin August 18, September 15 or October 13. Plus, a self-paced class can be started at any time. The cost is $ 126.

Hobby Farming: Raising Sheep – Learn the basics of raising sheep on a small farm with instructor Nicole Speizio-DePaz. The course takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday August 3 via Zoom. The cost is $ 8 per person.

Why homemade and handmade – Instructor Deborah Niemann will demonstrate the benefits of having a garden, milking goats and cooking from scratch. The course takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday August 17 via Zoom. The cost is $ 8 per person.

Hobby Farming: Goat’s milk soap – Jill Franke from Tin Shed Farm at Sycamore will teach the benefits of using and making your own goat milk soap. The class takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday August 18 via Zoom. The cost is $ 8 per person.

The bees and me – Local expert Larry Krengel will provide information on beekeeping and how to start your own colony. The class takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday August 18 via Zoom. The cost is $ 8 per person.

For more information on the Kishwaukee College Agricultural Workshop Series or to register, visit www.kish.edu/agworkshops or contact Melissa Gallagher, Director of Short Term and Continuing Education, at (815) 825-9466 or [email protected] Additional classes can be added to the series.

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