Spring 2013 Field Days

IOGA has the following field days scheduled for spring 2013:

Getting Started with Treatment-Free Beekeeping
May 18 at Acbees Apiaries near Waverly, IL
12:30 – 4:00 PM

The Illinois Organic Growers Association and University of Illinois Extension are co-sponsoring a hands-on field day, Getting Started with Treatment-Free Beekeeping, on May 18, 2013, near Waverly, IL, southwest of Springfield. The host and presenter will be Arvin Pierce, Acbees Apiaries, who has been a treatment-free beekeeper for 10 years.

During the first half of the afternoon, Arvin will present a general introduction and overview of life in and around the hive: basic facts and photos about the queen, workers, and drones, and their responsibilities and place in the function of the hive. He will also provide information about what it takes to begin beekeeping, including different types of hives, urban beekeeping, swarms and hive removal, hive products, apitherapy, and disappearing bees. For the second half of the afternoon, the group will move to the bee yard, where participants can see what goes on in a hive firsthand. Those willing will be given the hands-on opportunity to get into the hives.

Program details:

  • 12:30 – 1:00 Registration
  • 1:00 – 2:30 Discussion on Introduction to Beekeeping
  • 2:30 – 4:00 Hands-on demonstration at the hive
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Opportunity, for those interested, to help with or watch the removal of bees from a log.

Important: Wear closed shoes and long pants, and bring a long sleeve shirt. A few veils will be available for those who want to get into the hives.

Registration and the presentation will take place at the Lowder township building, near Waverly, 16969 Ayers Street, Waverly, Illinois 62692. The hives are around the corner on the northern edge of the village of Lowder, 16813 Lowder Road, Waverly, Illinois 62692.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To register click here or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at cvnghgrn@illinois.edu, 217-782-4617.

On-Farm Composting Workshops / Field Days
May 21 at Western IL University, School of Agriculture Livestock Center & Compost Facility
May 28 at Tempel Farms Organics, Lake County
Both days, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Illinois State University, Department of Agriculture in conjunction with University of Illinois Extension and IOGA, and funded through a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering two Composting Workshops/Field Days this spring.

Workshop participants will tour an actual composting operation and hear practical information from experienced compost operators. Participants will receive information and materials on:

  • the benefits of composting
  • the basics of making compost
  • Illinois EPA regulations related to composting permitting and local siting requirements
  • compost facility site development
  • uses for compost and quality control
  • marketing of compost

The cost is $15, including lunch, if pre-registered by May 20. Walk-ins are welcome, at a cost of $20, but lunch is not guaranteed. You can print and mail a registration form. For phone inquiries, call Paul Walker at (309) 438-3881, Duane Friend at (217) 243-7424 or Ellen Phillips at (630) 445-9989.