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Southwest Indiana Homesteading Conference Helps Local Producers Improve, Diversify Farm Operations

Purdue Extension will offer the Southwest Indiana Homesteading Conference to help current,
beginning, and prospective small farmers in the Tri-State area improve and diversify their small
farm and homestead operations.

Friday’s sessions focus on food preservation, with topics such as boiling water bath, jams and
jellies, pressure canning, and fermenting and pickling with hands-on practice in the kitchen.
Saturday sessions involve an array of small farm presentations, with topics including vegetable
production, fruit production, soil fertility, composting, beekeeping, backyard poultry, urban
agriculture, cover crops, organic systems, food storage panel discussion, small business
resources, rain harvesting and storage, tools for the farm, and mushroom cultivation.

Conference participants will receive information on production methods and processes from a
variety of experts to plan for new ventures, improve current production and profitability, and
diversify current operations. The event will also feature vendor booths with products and
services geared towards small farm and homestead operations.

The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9, at the Friedman Park Event
Center, 2700 Park Blvd., Newburgh, IN. Friday registration begins at 11:00 AM, with sessions
from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Saturday registration begins at 7:00 AM CDT, with presentations
running from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT. On Saturday, childcare will be available for a fee.

Fees for this event are $35.00 per person (Friday), $40 per person (Saturday), and $20.00 for
childcare (Saturday only), with registration available on-line at

Registrations are due by March 1.

For more information contact the Purdue Extension - Gibson County office at (812) 385-3491 or
visit your local county Extension Office. Information is also available at

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