Jack Erisman, veteran organic farmer and owner of Goldmine Farm, presents a farm tour where he discusses his double seven year rotation and field management of organic grain crops. He explains the importance of the farmer’s relationship with the land, the importance of diversity in organic systems, and how those culminate in the creation of […]
Harriet Behar, organic specialist with MOSES, delivers a presentation on crafting organic system plans for your grain farm.
Gary McDonald, an organic consultant, delivers a presentation on weed management in organic grain cropping systems and how weed management is key to a successful yield.
Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm delivers a presentation on the importance of diversity in organic farming systems.
Introduction Illinois is known for its soil, and the swath of drummer silty clay loam, or black dirt, running across central Illinois, is considered some of the most fertile in the world. Despite the exceptionally productive soil, most farmers use conventional methods that employ synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Those methods, coupled with plowing, […]
Marty Gray is the co-owner of Gray Farms Produce in Watseka, IL. We interviewed him on an icy day in February 2015, just as his protected crops were beginning to put on new growth with the lengthening days. Marty took us through his high tunnels and indicated the many pieces of equipment and infrastructure that […]