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Field Days and Workshops

What: A series of half-day educational events on specific agricultural subjects

Why: To improve your skills through in-the-field learning from the experts

Who: Farmers and experienced gardeners

Where: Across Illinois

When: Periodically throughout the year

Seed Saving 

Saturday, September 27, 1:00-4:00pm

Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, 4410 N Lincoln Ave, Champaign, IL

Saving seed is a practice as old as agriculture itself and yet the practice of it has faded in recent years with the advent of hybrid seed and a decrease in home and small-scale production. In this three hour workshop, Vicki Nowicki, founder of the Liberty Gardens Seed-Lending Library, will first discuss the principles of seed saving, then take us to the plot of Heirloominous Farm where she will demonstrate how to save lettuce and bean seeds.

Here is the link for registration for this workshop.

To learn more about Vicki and her work, check out her website or this article in the Chicago Tribune.

Farmer Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm (registration 5:30-6:00 pm)
University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield, IL

Existing and prospective farmers are invited to participate in a grant writing workshop to learn about the basics of grant writing as well as specifics on grants available through the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Rancher Grant Program and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

To register click here or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at, 217-782-4617. There is no charge for CISFN members; $5 for non-members.


Tractor Repair and Maintenance Workshop

Details TBD

Chicken Plucker Workshop

Details TBD


Refund policy: Registration fees for all field days and workshops are non-refundable. If a program is cancelled by The Land Connection, all fees will be refunded.