Cover Crops Field Day on July 9, 2011

If you have any interest in cover crops, this will be a great opportunity to learn from an experienced farmer and researcher!!!

The Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network (CISFN) and the Illinois Organic Growers Association (IOGA) are co-sponsoring a field day on Saturday, July 9, 1:30-4:00 pm (registration starting at 1:00 pm). Learn more about how and why cover crops work and how you can build cover crops into your farming operation. Dave Bishop will share how cover crops are used extensively at PrairiErth Farm, both in row crop and vegetable production. Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University, will discuss the benefits of cover crops and how to select the best cover crops for your farm. He will also share information about cover crop research at the Allison Farm as well as information about the Cover Crop Innovators group.

The field day will be held at PrairiErth Farm, 2047 2100 Road, Atlanta, Illinois (search for directions on the farm’s website ONLY: www.prairierthfarm.com).

The field day is free for CISFN and IOGA members; the cost for nonmembers is $15. Registration is required. Click here to register. IOGA members should register using the section titled, “Field Day Registration for CISFN Members.”

Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network’s (CISFN) mission is to promote the development of local food systems in Central Illinois through farmer support and training. Network members are committed to sustainable farming and are willing to share knowledge and participate in learning opportunities. Programming for CISFN is facilitated by the University of Illinois Extension and The Land Connection and with direction provided by an Advisory Group of Central Illinois farmers.