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Wildlife, bison and wine are
novel agricultural products featured on
a farming alternatives tour scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15. The
western Illinois tour will feature stops at several locations,
including Brooks Ranch -- Lake Linda, Blooming Prairie Bison, and
Baxter's Vineyard and Winery.
The tour is sponsored in part by the
University of Illinois Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program.
"Illinois has a lot of unique
enterprises," said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, U of I research
specialist and coordinator of the tours. "We wanted to introduce
citizens and landowners to alternative ways to add income to their
operation. Visiting a wildlife fee hunting business, a buffalo ranch
and a winery on this one-day tour seemed like a good way to show
some of the variety of creative farming in Illinois."
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on
the day of the tour. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., there will be a tour of
John Brooks' fee hunting operation in Carthage. Tour attendees will
then travel to Blooming Prairie Bison, where lunch will be served,
including bison burgers. After lunch, the tour will continue to
Baxter's Winery in Nauvoo at 1 p.m.
For more about Baxter's Winery in
To register for the tour, contact
Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at (217) 968-5512 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or register
online at 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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One additional sustainable agriculture
tour is scheduled for 2004. On Friday, Oct. 15, there will be an
agritourism tour at Eckert's orchard in Millstadt. More information
about Eckert's is available at
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 brochure, 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 North Central Region Sustainable
Agriculture Research, Education Professional Development Program;
and the Illinois Small Farm Task Force. The farming alternatives
tour on Sept. 15 is also sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources
of Illinois news release]