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10/26 – Pork at the Patch – Petersburg – 1-5pm

Join us at Indian Creek Pumpkin Patch to experience the once-a-year flavors of apple and pumpkin-finished pork from Sugar Grove Family Farms. With the purchase of admission, you will receive a pulled pork plate and side as well as entrance into The Granary onsite for musical entertainment by Nashville experienced artists Jenny Campbell and Amy Benton. Rolling Meadows Brewery beer and Custom Cup coffee will also be available for purchase. Corn maze and other activities available for children. Tickets are $11 for adults, and $5 for children. Learn more.

10/26 – Danenberger Family Vineyards Benefit for GenHKids – 1-5:30pm

Join Us on Sunday, October 26! We are having our usual (and great) Sunday + a benefit for Generation Healthy Kids! Chef Denise Perry (of LLCC culinary) will bring something special and we are donating ALL the food sales to GenH! Be a part of something special...Learn More

11/1 – Putting Small Acres to Work Workshop – Dixon – 9am-3pm

Wondering what to do with your 5, 10 or 20 acres? Explore alternatives to make those acres productive or to enhance their productivity. University of Illinois Extension Carroll, Lee Whiteside Unit has scheduled a workshop entitled “Putting Small Acres to Work” to help you explore some alternatives for your small acres. We will begin the day at 9am with our keynote presentation on Whole Farm Planning. Participants can then choose between two breakout sessions. Learn More

11/3 – High Tunnel Workshop- Springfield – 1-4pm

See fixed and V-track movable high tunnels in action, and learn from a panel of experienced high tunnel growers on topics related to high tunnel production such as: Getting Started, Sowing and Equipment, Harvesting, Marketing and Economics, Pest Management, and Recordkeeping. Learn More

11/3-5 – Specialty and Organic Grains Training Intensive – Champaign

Over the course of three days, participants will learn in detail about production and marketing of specialty and organic grains, through tours and presentations by the experts. The market for these grains is wide open, as demand for organics rises, local production of small grains remains limited, and consumers increasingly seek alternative products. If you have ever contemplated growing grain and weren't sure where to start, our Specialty and Organic Grains training intensive will prepare you for success. Learn More

11/9 – Pastured Pigs: From Farm to Fork – Wyoming, IL – 2pm

A class demonstrating the art of carving a hog carcass into the various retail cuts. The class will be held at Broad Branch Farm and will feature Chef Dustin Allen. It will be held at Broad Branch Farm. Class begins at 2 p.m. Organic farm-to-table lunch following class. Cost: $30/person includes class and lunch Learn More

11/13 – Holiday Punch 101 –Springfield – 5:30- 7:00pm

Join us at Maldaner’s for Holiday Punch 101. Slow Food Springfield welcomes Edward Burch of Intemperance to lead a discussion and demonstration of 19th century–style punch. Attendees will observe an in-depth, detailed presentation of the preparation of the syrups, juices, spirits, and assorted other ingredients as well as techniques that can help ensure a punch certain to delight your guests at gatherings during the holiday season. We'll give you a cup of delicious punch--that really packs a punch-- when you walk in the door to enjoy with Maldaner's hors d'oeuvres. Learn more

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