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[JULY 22, 2004]  URBANA -- 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 Nauvoo, visit http://www.nauvoowinery.com/.

To register for the tour, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at (217) 968-5512 or cvnghgrn@uiuc.edu 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 http://www.eckerts.com/millstadt.htm.

For a printable brochure that includes details about all of the tours, visit http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/
~asap/smallfarm/tourbrochure.pdf
. [To download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the brochure, click here.]

The tours 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 Conservation Service.

[University of Illinois news release]

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