Organic Transition Learning Day
Location: Marengo Park District, 825 Indian Oaks Trail, Marengo, IL 60152
Organization hosting this event: The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Whether you’re a farmer or a landowner, there is a lot to learn about transitioning to organic. From specialty leases to the certification process to harvesting, storage and markets, each phase of this journey must be understood so the transition can happen smoothly.
To tackle this complex topic the McHenry County Conservation District is teaming up with The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Midwest GRIT, and Liberty Prairie Foundation to host a full day of learning about the organic transition, accessing public lands, what’s required to successfully grow food grade grains, and what market opportunities are available.
Join us for the Organic Transition Learning Day on August 24 from 9:00-2:00 at the Marengo Park District. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how to steward land in ways that better protect nature while also accessing the higher market prices of certified organic commodities.
The day will begin with a farm tour of the McHenry County Conservation District field where Bob Haraden is growing food-grade soybeans, while transitioning this and other parcels to organic productions. This is the first lease the Mchenry County Conservation District has signed with an organic grower. You will hear about Bob’s organic transition process and the barriers and advantages of growing organic crops on public lands.
In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to ask questions to a panel of beginning and experienced organic grain farmers, including Dave Campbell of Lily Lake Organic Farm, Angela Coxworth of Opa’s Organics, and the Haraden family.
Registration is $5 a person and includes lunch.