Organic Gardening Day at UI on 11/5

Organic gardening experts from around the country will present educational sessions to inspire herb gardening at this year’s Organic Gardening Day that will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This year author and photographer Rosalind Creasy from Los Altos, California, will give talks on her popular horticulture books,” said Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois vegetable and crops specialist and coordinator of the event. Creasy will talk about edible landscaping in the morning and heirloom gardening in the afternoon.

Another food writer, Pat Crocker from Neustadt, Ontario, will share thoughts from two of her newest books. “Her book entitled Everyday Flexitarian Cooking explores the possibilities of balancing vegetarian meals with occasional carnivorous fare,” Voigt said. “She’ll also cover a new topic for Organic Gardening Day –preserving what you grow, which will include suggestions for putting things up from your organic garden for use throughout the year.”

Zachary Grant, who runs the University of Illinois Student Sustainable Farm on the Urbana-Champaign campus, will give a presentation about the student farm.

In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a broad spectrum of gardening products.

Advance registration of $60, which includes an organic lunch, must be received by Oct. 28. On-site registration on Nov. 5 begins at 8 a.m. and will continue only as long as space allows. The fee does not include lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9 am.

For more information and to register, contact Linda Harvey by calling 217-244-1693 or sending an email to lharvey@illinois.edu.

Location: at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Urbana, IL