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Organically grown food featured on Triple S Farms tour set for June          Send a link to a friend

[May 02, 2007]  URBANA -- Stan Scott Schutte earned the 2006 Farmer of the Year Award for his innovative work on Triple S Farms in Stewardson -- destination for a sustainable agriculture tour hosted by University of Illinois Extension on June 14.

Triple S is a 200-acre diversified organic operation that produces dozens of varieties of organic vegetables, chickens, turkeys, hogs and cattle, organic dent corn, sweet corn, popcorn, soybeans, and hard red wheat.

The farm has the slogan "We grow taste" and attributes that taste to the organic methods used to produce meat and vegetables. "All the pastures are certified organic and all the animals are drug-free since 1998," said Schutte. "Animals are what they eat. They are fed only healthy grains. I feel it is important to work with nature, instead of against it." Schutte believes that the all-vegetarian diet produces a tastier finished product.

This tour is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. "ISA is pleased to sponsor this tour of Triple S farms," said Gayle Keiser, executive director of the alliance. "Stan is a very innovative and successful businessman. A tour of his farm is a gold mine for anyone interested in small-acreage farming and direct marketing -- which connects consumers to farmers they know and trust."

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The remaining tours are:

A fee of $20 per person will be charged for each tour. This fee includes lunch. Registration at least one week in advance is required. Visit to register and for more details about each of the tours, including a map and agenda; or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-968-5512 or

The tours are sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program, the Agriculture Tourism Partners of Illinois, and the Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program at the University of Illinois.

[Text from file received from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences]


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