2009 Sustainable Agriculture Tours Scheduled
This article was originally published on April 7, 2009 and expired on September 23, 2009. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.
URBANA – For the seventh consecutive year, University of Illinois Extension is offering tours that highlight sustainable agriculture operations around the state of Illinois.
"Small farms embody a diversity of ownership, cropping systems, landscapes, biological organization, culture, and traditions and have unique challenges and opportunities," said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist who is coordinating the tours. "The tours allow visitors to meet these extraordinarily, creative farmers and producers and find out how they solve their unique problems everyday."
The schedule for the 2009 sustainable agriculture tours is as follows:
-May 14, Organic Meats and Poultry
Open Range Products in Pecatonica and Eickman's Processing (Seward)
-June 19, Growing Strawberries, Naturally
Jed's Farm (Thompsonville)
-July 7, Grass-fed Beef, Pastured Chickens and Eggs
Meadow Haven Farm and Graze N' Grow Farm (Sheffield)
-August 13, Creative Community Co-op Farming
Basu Natural Farms (Pembroke)
-August 15, Raising Elk and Innovative Farming
Mackinaw Valley Elk Farm and Blue Schoolhouse Farm (Congerville)
-September 22, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
River Front Berry Farm (Martinton) http://www.riverfrontberryfarm.com
A fee of $20 per person will be charged for each tour, which includes lunch.
Registration at least one week in advance is required.
to register and for more details about each of the tours including a map and agenda. To register by phone, contact Donna Cray at 217-241-4644. For more information, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant (217-968-5512; email@example.com).
Source: Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pull date: September 23, 2009