Tour of Unique Sustainable Community — Stelle, IL September 25
August 20, 2008
URBANA — A tour of Stelle on Thursday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will offer a look at some unique sustainable agriculture applications — from grass-fed animals to poultry to permaculture. The tour is being co-sponsored by the University of Illinois and the Center for Sustainable Community.

The tour will begin at the Center for Sustainable Community office at the Stelle Community Center and move to Mint Creek Farm where Harry Carr will give a presentation on grass-fed livestock. Carr will describe how sheep and cattle convert the sun's energy into foods by grazing and digesting grasses and legumes on his legume-based meadows and rotational grazing system.

Lunch will be served at noon at the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast — prepared by chef Guia Hoffman.

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mark Hoffman will provide an overview of the principles of permaculture. Hoffman will utilize a tour of his own organic-gardening system at Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast as examples of how to put permaculture principles into practice.

The day will end with a workshop at the Center for Sustainable Community demonstration garden and unique poultry operation. The Center's property manager Bill Land will lead the workshop. He will present a hands-on approach that is valuable to individuals interested in organic gardening, orchard production and chicken management.

A $20 per person registration fee will be charged which includes lunch at the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast.

For registration and directions to Stelle, visit and click on 2008 Organic Field Tour Series under "Featured," or contact Dan Anderson (217-333-1588;