Partnerships for Conservation Innovation is the theme for the annual Allison Farm Field Day to be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Field day attendees will learn about carbon sequestration, nutrient management, cover crops, and other strategies for building and maintaining good soil; enjoy a free lunch featuring local farm products and tour the WIU/Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm in Roseville, IL.
Thanks to a partnership with the Illinois Organic Growers Association, the field day will have a new morning session, in addition to the traditional lunch and afternoon tour of the Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm. The keynote lunch speaker will be Steve Groff of Cover Crop Solutions. Participants may attend some or all activities during the day.
All activities are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for the morning session and free lunch. Please register by Monday, August 1.
The morning session, “Methods and Metrics for Soil Conservation and Stewardship; What Works for You?” will be an interactive presentation on various aspects of soil conservation. Researchers and agency specialists from NRCS, EPA, and SWCDs, will explore relevant standards, programs, tools and tests. Audience members will provide instant input through an electronic audience response system. The session will take place from 9:30 to 11:30.
At 11:30, Joel Gruver, manager of the Allison Farm and assistant professor in Western’s School of Agriculture will provide an overview of recent research results at Allison Farm, followed by a lunch of local foods.
Steve Groff of Cover Crop Solutions will be the keynote speaker starting at 12:30. His presentation will include information about the use of the Tillage Radish and other cover crops to promote good soil stewardship.
After lunch, tours of the Allison Farm will be led by Joel Gruver. Two tour times will be available, starting at 1:30 and 2:30. Extra time for networking and open discussion will be available from 1:30 to 2:15, with support from UI Extension staff.
Sponsors of the Partnerships for Conservation Innovation field day at the Allison Farm include: Western Illinois University Organic Research Program, Illinois Organic Growers Association, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, UI Agroecoloy and Sustainable Agriculture Program, University of Illinois Extension, and Cover Crop Solutions.
Directions to the Dakin Farm shop (130 20th St., Roseville, IL):
If arriving from the north, travel on Rt. 67 five miles south of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 116 intersection in Roseville to County Rd. 20th Ave. N, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the southeast corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.
If arriving from the south, travel on Rt. 67 seven miles north of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 9 intersection in Good Hope to County Rd. 20th Ave. N, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the southeast corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.