This Saturday, the Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network and Spence Farm Foundation are hosting visitors as part of the "Growing Your Sustainable Farm Business: A Producer's Perspective" field day.
The event runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. The afternoon begins at Living Waters Farm in Strawn. Here, attendees will see a variety of vegetable farming methods and then move on to South Pork Ranch in Chatsworth for a look at animal production.
These small farms have thrived by working together with other local producers and then branching out to become independent, successful businesses.
Each farm owner will provide a history of the farm, tour of the facility, keys to success and how the farm's success fits with family and business goals. A packet of resources and ideas will be available as handouts.
For more information contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-782-4617. Bring snacks and a lawn chair. Beverages will be provided.
Living Waters Farm is located at 29695 E. 100 North Road in Strawn and South Pork Ranch is located at 32796 E 750 North Road in Chatsworth (both farms are in Livingston County). For directions, click here.
Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network's 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 with direction provided by an Advisory Group of Central Illinois farmers.
Spence Farm Foundation's mission is to teach the art, history and practice of small sustainable family farming across America.
The field day is also being co-sponsored by the Illinois Organic Growers Association. The mission of the Illinois Organic Growers Association is to (1) Support networking and farmer-to-farmer exchange among farmers interested in organic and sustainable production method; (2) Promote and develop new and improved production methods that are state- and region-specific; and (3) Help growers support expanded markets for organic agricultural product.
Source: University of Illinois