A 12-part small farms webinar series covering topics such as high tunnel production, organic certification and native pollinators, will begin Jan. 18, offered free by University of Illinois Extension.

Participants can tune into these practical lunch-hour presentations from their desk or laptop at noon every Thursday, Jan. 18. through March 29.

Presentations will be led by an Extension educator or University of Illinois faculty member, and made available online for later viewing.

To register, go online at go.aces.illinois.edu/WinterWebinars. Participants will receive a webinar reminder, log-in instructions, and directions for accessing the archived recording. Those who do not have broadband internet capable of streaming video are encouraged to contact their local Extension office to see if the office will offer live viewing.

 The number for Rock Island County is 309-756-9978. For Galva, call 309- 932-3447 and for Aledo, call 309-582-5106

Here is the schedule:

Jan. 18, Less common fruit bearing plants

Jan. 25, Updated high tunnel concepts

Feb. 1, Introduction to certified organic production

Feb. 8, Christmas tree production and business considerations

Feb. 15, An update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild: Developing staple crop varieties and associated regional food grade markets

Feb. 22, Creating community food production systems

March 1, Heavy metals in soils: identifying and acting on contamination

March 8, Native pollinators on your farm

March 15, – Small acres pastured poultry

March 22, Growing ginger, turmeric, and other unique crops

March 29, Tips for modifying and building sprayers for specialty crops