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University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

McLean County
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
Email: uie-lmw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 11:30-12:30 pm)

Livingston County
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

McLean County
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
Hours: Monday - Friday 11am to 7:00 pm

Woodford County
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Upcoming Events

Organic Grain Field Day at Janie's Farm

June 26, 2015

Janie's Farm - Harold Wilkins
854 E 2300 N
Danforth, IL 60930 (Iroquois County)

Growing organic grain is an emerging trend in agriculture.  An increasing number of farmers realize that gaining control over their marketing, and tapping into the strong demand for identity-preserved organic grain has many benefits. 

Harold Wilken, his son Ross, and several employees work together to manage Janie’s Farm, sitting on 2300 acres in Iroquois County, Illinois. After 23 years, they made the switch from conventional farming to organic in 2003, and are now moving to access local food-grade markets. Corn, Beans, Wheat, and Red Clover or Alfalfa is the basic rotation used on the farm.  However, Harold is quick to point out that you must be flexible, and several other crops are used to adapt to the unpredictable nature of farming. Corn can be popcorn, seed corn or dent corn. The beans that are grown include clear-hilum soybeans and dry beans like Black Turtle Beans.  Wheat includes spring and fall planted hard and soft varieties.  Pumpkins, oats and ancient grains like Emmer and Einkorn are also part of the mix.

University of Illinois Extension, The Illinois Organic Growers Association, Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, The Land Connection, and Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network are sponsoring a farm tour at Janie's Farm on June 26, from 9:30am-1pm. 

Wilken has 1900 acres certified organic, 370 acres in second year transition, and 100 acres in first year transition. Topics covered on the farm tour include: Managing the transition to organic, marketing, crop rotation, working with lending institutions, cultivation, variety selection, sources for seed, equipment needs, and how to manage peer pressure and social issues.

Harold and his crew are looking to the future and developing their capacity to mill their own grains so they can sell flour into local markets.  This new venture bridges the gap between commodity production and the local food movement.  Harold sees the mill as a way to add value to their crops, an opportunity for economic development in his community, and a way to employ more people on the farm.  This tour is a great opportunity to learn from a successful and visionary farmer who can help others create a more diverse, resilient, and profitable business model for their farms.

Online registration at http://bit.ly/janiesfarm

The farm is located at 854 E 2300N, Danforth, IL

Optional $10 registration covers a farm-to-table meal including a roasted hog (catered by University of Illinois' Hendrick House).



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