Southern Illinois organic farm to host 'Pest Strategy Field Day' | Environment
COBDEN, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois Farming Network will sponsor a field day, “Organic Pest Management Strategies” at All Seasons Farm in Cobden on September 24. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Organizers say the event is for all commercial vegetable farmers who want to begin using natural-based pest control measures.
Jill Rendleman and Bill Vogler started the USDA all-organic farm in 2011.
The couple started the farm in 2011, selling produce at local farmers markets, local retail groceries, and through a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, and enterprise.
The event will focus on:
· Ways to identify common pests
· Practical implementation of the top five components of a pest-resistant farm
· Making a simple low cost row crop cover
· Using and attracting beneficial insects
· Making a natural plant-based spray
· And, “the most effective vole trap ever”
“The primary tools for organic pest control are healthy soils and natural techniques that don’t harm people, animals, or the environment,” said Jill Rendleman, farm owner and operator. “All Seasons Farm provides an excellent demonstration that organic farm businesses can find success in Southern Illinois. People are making the connection to food production and personal health, as well as the health of the environment, and it is affecting their purchasing decisions. There is a growing local demand for high quality, nutritionally dense food.”
Field day participants are encouraged to stay for a potluck supper at the farm.
The cost of the “Organic Pest Management Strategies” field day is $15.
The event is free to Southern Illinois Farming Network members. Registration is required and capacity is limited.
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