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[OCT. 13, 2004]  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, University of Illinois Extension is offering Organic Gardening Day, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St. in Urbana, just off Interstate 74 at Exit 183 at Lincoln Avenue.

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 are all packed into this big day of gardening fun, food and fellowship. This year's impressive lineup of educational sessions provides more than enough incentive to come early and take advantage of the whole day.

Rhonda Janke, Kansas State University Extension specialist and former research director at Rodale Institute, will set the stage with a presentation entitled "The Practical Side of Organic Gardening."

Leslie Cooperband, University of Wisconsin associate professor whose research focus is composting and organic soil building, will describe how to build an organic garden from the soil up.

Rosemary Divock, author, speaker, gardener and cooking enthusiast from Lake Geneva, Wis., will tempt taste buds by demonstrating several organic recipes.

Melvin Epp, currently director of botanical research and activity at The Center for Human Functioning International in Wichita, Kan., maintains a large organic garden that supplies much of the organic produce used in the cafeteria there. He will explain the benefits of organic produce in our diet in a presentation entitled "Organics and a Healthy Lifestyle."

Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois Extension specialist will wrap up the day's program by talking about organic insect management.

As in the now-familiar Herb Day format, there will be vendors of equipment, books and many other organic gardening essentials. The retail area will be open from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for shopping by both Organic Gardening Day attendees and interested members of the general public. There is no entrance fee for those attending only the retail event. Come early for the best selection of merchandise, because a lot of selling gets done during the registration hour, before the first session at 9 a.m.

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"We have seen a tremendous upswing in interest in the idea of incorporating organic principles into home gardens over the past several years and are happy to introduce this new, exciting day of programming," said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension specialist.

Organic Gardening Day 2004 is sponsored by U of I Extension and is open to professionals as well as members of the general public. Cost of registration, including lunch, is $49 per person. This includes seating in the lectures, an information packet, an herbal-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 Nov. 12. To reserve registration and lunch, mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to Organic Gardening Day 2004, Attention: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

Space in the lecture room is limited to 250 participants, and on-site registration will be allowed only if space is 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 2004. Credit card orders cannot be accepted.

[University of Illinois news release]

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