Seeding the Next Generation of Farmers

Rescheduled:  Check back for new date in the Fall.

July 12, 2014

Time:  2:00 pm- 5:00 pm ( Registration:  1:30 – 2:00 pm)

Spence Farm
2959 N. 2100 East Rd.
Fairbury, IL 61739 (Livingston County)

Are you interested in seeing first-hand success stories of four Livingston County young farmers?  Spence Farm Foundation is partnering with the Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network to host a field day on Saturday, July 12 at the Spence Farm, 2959 N. 2100 East Road, Fairbury 61739 (Livingston County).  The field day will feature four young farmers, Will Travis of Spence Farm, Derek Stoller of Windy Knoll Produce, and Carrie and Cassie Rickenberger of Garden Gate Produce, sharing the challenges and successes of entering the agriculture business world.

Topics to be covered will include:

·         How a sixteen-year-old farmer built a business selling to Chicago’s premiere restaurants.

·         Why a young man wanted to join his family on the farm creating a business based on    economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

·         Talking Turkey, the story of two young ladies creating a profitable business on the family    farm.

Who should attend: FFA students, farmers of all ages, FFA instructors and other interested persons.

Spence Farm Foundation (SFF)‘s mission is to teach the art, history and practice of small sustainable family farming across America.

Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network’s (CISFN) 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 University of Illinois Extension with direction provided by an Advisory Group of Central Illinois farmers.

For more information contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois Extension, 217-782-4617 or Erin Meyer, Spence Farm Foundation, 309-370-6441.

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