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Organic Gardening Day

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Organic gardening experts from around the world will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening at this year's Organic Gardening Day, Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center near Lincoln Ave. and I-74 in Urbana.

"This year's speakers include Lee Reich, from New Paltz, New York," said Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois vegetable and crops specialist and coordinator of the event. "Reich is a noted garden author, speaker, and former researcher with USDA and Cornell University. He'll be presenting tips on how to master the art of fearless pruning. Then he'll speak about how to grow native species which are adapted to our local climate as well as pests."

Other presenters include:

Terra Brockman from The Land Connection will speak about Food Democracy: 21st Century Victory Gardens.

Erin Meyer, the owner of Basil's Harvest, and Golda Ewalt, director of a dietetic internship program, will co-present a discussion and cooking demonstration featuring recipes, fresh herbs and organic produce.

Abram Bicksler, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois working with John Masiunas on sustainable systems of vegetable production, will speak about companion planting.

In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a broad spectrum of gardening products.

Advance registration of $59, which includes an organic lunch, must be received by October 31. Contact Carla Chapman (217-333-7738;

On-site registration on November 8 begins at 8:00 a.m. only as space allows and does not include lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9:00 am.

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