What: Educational events on specific agricultural subjects
Why: To improve your skills through in-the-field learning from the experts
Who: Farmers and gardeners
Where: Across Illinois
When: Throughout the year
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WOMEN WHO FARM FIELD DAY SERIES
July 30, 2-5pm: Wool Fiber and Silvopasturing (Seven Sisters Farm, Sidney, IL)
September 24, 2-5pm: Fruit and Herbs (Sunny Lane Aronia, Eureka, IL)
October 22, 2-5pm: Season Extension (Blue Moon Farm, Urbana, IL)
We are delighted to announce our summer field day series celebrating Illinois' local women ag pioneers: Women Who Farm. We will be visiting five women-led farms, showcasing what they do best and providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community. This field day series will convene one Sunday a month, June-October. We will tour the host farm, learn about her specialty, and then gather for refreshments and networking.
COVER IT UP! SUSTAINABLE FARMING WITH COVER CROPS
November 2, 2017, 9am-4pm in Sullivan, IL
Cover crops are an essential tool for increasing soil health in row crop production systems. Discover how the use of multi-species cover crop mixes can amplify the benefits to the health of cash crops, the soil, and the farm environment. Join us at Two Mile Creek Organic Farm for a day filled with field tours, an equipment showcase, and respected speakers.
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM PRODUCTION
September 17, 2017, 1-4pm in Champaign, IL
From how to select the ideal tree, to inoculation and encouraging fruiting, this class will teach you all you need to know about producing mushrooms for market. Taught by shiitake producer Sara Creech of Blue Yonder Organic Farm. You will go home with two-three logs that have been inoculated with spores. Intended for small production farmers..
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.