Organic Gardening Day Oct. 21

Sunday, July 2, 2006

URBANA - Organic gardening is gaining favor among people concerned about the quality of their food and lifestyle. Whether you are an experienced organic gardener or a beginner looking for guidance as you start out, the University of Illinois' Organic Gardening Day 2006 will give you plenty to think about as you begin to dream about next year's gardening successes. This event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, just off I-74 at exit 183 (Lincoln Avenue). The first educational session begins at 9 a.m.

"A day of educational and entertaining sessions, an organic theme lunch, and the chance to interact with noted organic gardening experts from around the country is all packed into this big day of gardening fun, food, and fellowship," Said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension specialist. "This year's impressive lineup of educational sessions provides more than enough incentive to come early and take advantage of the whole day."

Keith Crotz, owner/operator of The American Botanist, will speak about The History and Literature of Organic Gardening. Keith is an alumnus of the University of Illinois and farms organically in Chillicothe.

Dr. John Masiunas, U of I associate professor, will speak about his work with weed control in small fruits and vegetable crops as well as cover crops and allelopathy. He will speak about cover crops, green manures, mulches and organic weed control.

Ben Lubchansky, U of I graduate, organic farmer and chef, will demonstrate several recipes to promote Savoring the Flavor of Your Organic Produce.

Kent Whealy, founder of Seed Savers Exchange of Decorah, Iowa, also will be a presenter. He will discuss the Organic Vegetable Gardens at Seed Savers' Heritage Farm.

Dan Bussey, who is in charge of the preservation orchard at Seed Savers' Heritage Farm, will outline how best to succeed at Organic Home Orcharding.

The program will include a retail area, featuring vendors of equipment, books, and many other organic gardening essentials. It will be open for shopping to program attendees and interested members of the public from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no entrance fee for those attending only the retail event.

Organic Gardening Day 2006 is sponsored by U of I Extension. Cost of registration, including lunch, is $49 per person. This includes seating in the lectures, an information packet, an organic theme lunch buffet, and access to the retail area. There will be vegetarian options on this buffet, or a vegan plate can be arranged in advance.

Lunch reservations must be received no later than Oct. 13. Those interested should mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to Organic Gardening Day 2006, Attention: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 to reserve registration and lunch.

Space in the lecture room is limited to 250 participants, and on-site registration will only be allowed if those spaces are not filled before the event. If available, on-site registration will also cost $49, but will not include lunch. For more information, call (217) 333-7738 or e-mail preston1@uiuc.edu and mention Organic Gardening Day 2006.


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