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2016 Savanna Institute Workshop

Getting Started with Tree Crops: Planning and Management Best Practices

Two workshops to enhance your polyculture skills!
Saturday, September 10
Urbana, IL

Half Day Workshops are $25; Full Day Workshop is $40.

Hendrick House box lunches (with local ingredients) will be available to purchase for $10; however, please feel free to bring your own lunch and/or refreshments!

Morning Workshop: 8:30 - 12:00

Whole farm planning for perennial crops: profit, people and planet
workshop leader: Keefe Keeley, Executive Director, Savanna Institute
Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery - 4410 N Lincoln Ave, Champaign, IL 61822 - (217) 643-2314

This workshop helps to prepare a road map to turn dreams into reality, allowing you to generate income while stewarding land and building your investments. This workshop teaches sensible steps to take and questions to ask in that planning process. Starting from your goals for lifestyle, family, community, and landscape, whole farm planning works by assessing resources, creating action plans, and monitoring progress toward goals.

This workshop will focus on planning woody crop enterprises and finding support as you begin. No experience or land access required, but bring your goals and any aerial photos. The workshop will have hands-on time so you can start to develop your plan and go home with next steps to take.

Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 - 4:30

Establishment and management of your perennial crops: preparing, planting and presiding
workshop leader: Kevin Wolz, Consultant, Midwest Agriculture & Restoration Services LLC
Vulcan Farm - 1123 CR 2300 E, Sidney, IL 61877 - (708) 476-9929

No farms are created equal. Ideal establishment and management practices vary depending on soil type, cropping history, weed type, and end goals. As the perennial polyculture establishment/management experts, Midwest ARS has deployed its full range of equipment/techniques at Vulcan Farm and used this R&D site to hone their implementation. If you want to get your new woody crops off to the best possible start, this workshop is for you. You will get in depth lessons on a full range of management techniques and hands-on demonstrations of essential equipment.

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