Sustainable farm practices twilight tour
August 1, 2012
  • /Crop Sciences

URBANA -- Learn about sustainable farm practices at a tour organized by the Illinois Organic Growers Association and University of Illinois Extension. Tour the 5-acre sustainable Anderson Farm in Leland, Ill., beginning at 6 p.m. on August 15.

Andy Anderson has been slowly transitioning operations on his small acreage to sustainable practices. Although he does not use organic practices, he uses compost beds for raising vegetables and fruit, compost teas, and a pollinator to encourage beneficial insects. His crops include lettuce, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, sweet corn, peppers, pumpkins, melons, and strawberries.

"There is a lot that goes into a sustainable farming operation, and there are always questions about how much labor it requires, what equipment to use, and so forth," Anderson said. "If visitors see what is in my field, they will have a better idea about what it takes to create and maintain a sustainable farm."

Andy and his wife will also invite participants to view the new pole-structured workshop heated by geothermal and wood heat.  

The tour is at Andy Anderson Farm, 2190 N. 45th Rd, Leland, Ill. Registration is free, but please register by August 13 at

For more information, contact Ellen Phillips at 815-732-2191.