ROCHESTER, Ill. — Join us this summer in touring five women-led farms in central Illinois on Sunday afternoons from June through September.
At each event, we will take an extensive tour of a working farm, explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and experience a hands-on activity to learn a new skill. The series will allow you to explore all kinds of regional farming, from flowers to grapes; poultry to ancient grains. This year the farmers and farms in the series are:
♣ 6/24 – Violeta Veenstra, Harvest & Blooms Farm (Rochester, IL);
♣ 7/22 – Anna Schweig, Big Thorn Farm & Brewery (Georgetown, IL);
♣ 8/12 – Janet Zintambila, CHJ Umoja Family Garden (Carlock, IL);
♣ 8/26 – Susan Danenberger, Danenberger Family Vineyards (New Berlin, IL);
♣ 9/30 – Beth Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm (Ottawa, IL).
The series will kick off later this month with the Flower Farming Field Day at Harvest & Blooms Farm. Violeta Veenstra, a former high school teacher, has recently transitioned to full-time farming, running the cut flower side of the family’s business, Harvest & Blooms. Come along and learn her secrets to cut flower production. Bring your own vase or mason jar and learn basic floral arranging after the farm tour.
Delicious, fresh, local refreshments will be provided at each field day to replenish the body, cool the summer heat, and facilitate getting to know each other. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!
Registration costs $15 and includes a farm tour, refreshments, and a hands-on learning activity.
Register online at https://thelandconnection.org/WWF2018.
The Land Connection is a non-profit organization in Champaign, IL, dedicated to growing the local food economy, both on and off the farm, for a healthy, resilient future.
If you would like more information please contact Mallory Krieger at email@example.com or by phone (312) 840-2128.
–The Land Connection