Organic Gardening Day — November 6
October 13, 2010
  • /Crop Sciences
Organic gardening experts from around the country will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening at this year's Organic Gardening Day, Saturday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana.

"Back by popular demand this year is Ben Lubchansky," said Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois vegetable and crops specialist and coordinator of the event. "Ben is a popular up-and-coming chef in the Champaign-Urbana area. This year he'll demonstrate some innovative ideas on how to prepare organic produce in his presentation entitled 'Fun with Organic Food.' Later in a talk called 'Organic Vegetables and Penned Poultry,' he'll share some of his experiences integrating produce and livestock."

Voigt noted that he is pleased that the event is back at its usual location at the Holiday Inn.

Speaker George DeVault, from Pheasant Hill Farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania is a former editor of The New Farm Magazine. He will first talk about personal homeland security, giving an overview of his diverse homestead.

His second presentation, "Flowers and Berries and Pigs, Oh My!," delves deeper into some of the more unusual aspects of his diversified farm.

Christie Higginbottom is newly retired from Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where she was in charge of interpreting and maintaining the period gardens. Her talk is entitled "Gardening Tips from the Past." The various vegetable and flower gardens around the village gave her the opportunity to learn about old varieties and techniques, as well as various styles of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century gardens.

In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a broad spectrum of gardening products.

Advance registration of $60, which includes an organic lunch, must be received by October 29. For more information, contact Linda Harvey by calling 217-244-1693 or send an email to

On-site registration on November 6 begins at 8 a.m. and will continue only as long as space allows. The fee does not include lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9:00 am.