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 http://asap.sustainability.uiuc.edu/org-ag/ and click on 2008 Organic Field Tour Series under "Featured," or contact Dan Anderson (217-333-1588; firstname.lastname@example.org).