Pastured poultry tour
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JoAnn and Dennis Dickman are proud to
tell people that the chickens they raise on their farm near Herscher
breathe fresh air, scratch on fresh grass and eat Dickman's own mix
of grain every day. "They're not cooped up in a building under
lights, and they're not given any hormones, steroids or
antibiotics," said Dennis Dickman. Dickman's unique pastured poultry
farm is the location for a tour sponsored in part by the University
of Illinois Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program.
The tour will be Thursday, Aug. 12,
from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., followed by a chicken lunch at the
American Legion in Herscher at noon.
"Many people want to know that the
poultry they eat has been raised in a humane way," said Deborah
Cavanaugh-Grant, U of I research specialist and coordinator of the
"They also want to know that it's free of chemicals. Raising
specialty products like pastured poultry is one way for farmers to
increase their income by providing a unique product to consumers."
The morning will include a tour to see
the brooder house, birds on pasture and laying hens, the
processing-finishing facilities at the farm, and the trailer setup.
Information will be presented about marketing on the farm and on the
Web. There will also be a look at the Dickmansí sweet corn
operation. At each stop on the tour there will be time for
For more about the farm, visit
To register for the tour, contact
Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at (217) 968-5512 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or register
http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/asap/. A small fee will be charged.
Registration at least one week in advance is required.
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Two additional sustainable agriculture
tours are scheduled for 2004.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, a western
Illinois tour will feature stops at several locations, including
John Brook's fee hunting operation, Baxter's Vineyard and Winery,
and Warren and Phil Barns' buffalo ranch.
The final tour will be on Friday, Oct.
15, and will feature agritourism at Eckert's orchard in Millstadt
For a printable brochure that includes
details about all of the tours, visit
~asap/smallfarm/tourbrochure.pdf. [To download the Adobe Acrobat
reader for the PDF file, click here.]
are sponsored by the Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program in
the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at
the University of Illinois; the USDA Farm Service Agency; the North
Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Professional Development Program; and the Illinois Small Farm Task
of Illinois news release]