"Ideally, we will choose 10 farmers from across Illinois who have the potential to help us achieve the goals of this research: to improve the sustainability of small-scale, management-intensive vegetable farms through the facilitation of on-farm experimentation and utilization of cover crops during fallow periods," Anderson said.
Farmers who are chosen, and who successfully complete the project, will be awarded a $500 honorarium.
"We'll work with the farmers to design, implement and measure the effects of four different fallow treatments. This research builds upon previous experimental field trials to test cover-cropping strategies using on-farm research and farmer-to-farmer education," Anderson said.
To be considered, complete the online application form at http://tiny.cc/fallowstudy or contact Dan Anderson (217-621-7974, email@example.com).
The mini-grant program is supported by funding from the C-2000 Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program at the Illinois Department of Agriculture.