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Upcoming Field Days and Workshops

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August 26, 2018  | 2:00-5:00pm | New Berlin, IL
September 30, 2018  | 2:00-5:00pm | Ottawa, IL

The Women Who Farm Field Day series is BACK! Join us this summer in touring five women-led farms in central Illinois on Sunday afternoons from June through September. At each event, we will take an extensive tour of a working farm, explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and experience a hands-on activity to learn a new skill.


September 10, 2018  | 5:30-9:00pm | Urbana, IL

A short workshop in which participants meet experienced sustainable farmers, tour a farm, learn about successful farm enterprises, and ask questions about local farm businesses. Farm Dreams covers resource assessment, goal setting, financial planning, and marketing options.


August 20, 2018  | 9:00am-1:00pm

This field day will look at the effects of rotational tillage in organic corn and soybean production. Nationally renowned researcher Steven Mirsky (USDA-ARS in Beltville, MD) will discuss best practices for using a rotational tillage system on your farm. Held on a test farm run by Idea Farm Network's Will Glazik, you'll learn of the successes and failures he has experienced as he has experimented with rotational tillage in his organic crop rotation.


September 26, 2018  | 9:30am-4:00pm

The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the Midwest’s largest field day devoted to vegetable growers and mechanical weed control. This year’s Midwest Mechanical Weed Control field day will be held at PrariErth Farm.


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.


Our teaching philosophy

In designing our training programs, we follow the mantra "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” We strive to give our students access to learning in the classroom, in the field, and in their hands.

We take advantage of our greatest educational assets: the people actually doing the work. If you come to us to learn about growing large-scale organic grains, we bring in a farmer who has 2000 acres of certified organic grains. If you need to know more about legal issues for farmers, we bring in a lawyer who has dedicated her life to those issues. If you want to know how to raise your own honeybees without chemical treatments, we bring in the guy who is innovating those practices in Illinois. 

And finally, we provide resources to put you in charge of your own learning. From video tutorials to printed resources to access to other training programs from around the country, we empower you to learn and grow.