U of I Extension announces Small Farm Field Days

Staff Report

The University of Illinois Extension has planned two Small Farm Field Days in August. Friday, Aug. 12, a Roller Crimper Field Day will be held, which will provide information about the use of the roller crimper in both row crop farming and specialty crop farming. Uses of this unique implement will be explored. The Field Day will be from 2-6 p.m., Aug. 12, at Irish Grove Farms, 9027 Best Road, Pecatonica.

The Roller Crimper research project, being conducted by Andy Hazzard of Hazzard Free Farm and Jackie de Batista of Irish Grove Farms, is being funded through a SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Farmer Rancher Grant through the USDA. Both will be on hand to provide information about their experiences and information about the grant program. In addition, Maurice Ogutu, U of I Extension Small Farms/Local Food Systems Educator, will provide information about cover crops and an overview of the uses of the roller crimper.

There is no cost for the Aug. 12 Field Day, but pre-registration is requested.

Also planned is a Field Day at Harrison Market Gardens, from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24. Jill and Bill Beyer and Ben Beyer, owners and operators of Harrison Market Gardens in rural Winnebago, were recently selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive a grant from the Frontera Farmer Foundation.

Harrison Market Gardens is a Subscription U-Pick CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that grows produce for subscribers to receive either weekly or bi-weekly during the growing season.

Cost for the Aug. 24 Field Day is $10 per person.

To register or for more information, call U of I Extension-Winnebago County at (815) 986-4357 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

From the Aug. 3-9, 2011, issue

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