The Land Connection to Host Two Upcoming Workshops

Posted on 01/26/2015 at 12:00 AM by Shannon Hoyle

The Land Connection will host two separate upcoming workshops located at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, Illinois. The Land Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the farmland, training sustainable and organic farmers, and promoting a vibrant local food system.

Farm Labor Management for Specialty Crop Growers Workshop 

The first workshop will gather farmers and other professionals together to discuss and share resources on farm labor management for specialty crop growers on February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

The day-long workshop will address the concerns that many specialty crop growers face when establishing management plans for their employees, and will attempt to answer questions on retention, delegation, wages, and labor law. Attendees will participate in presentations, facilitated discussion, and group work that will provide resources and allow growers to share their struggles and successes. 

The cost of the workshop is $50, which includes lunch and materials. Registration closes February 11. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. You can register on The Land Connection’s website or by calling 217-840-2128. 

Season Extension Workshop

The second workshop is a three-day workshop on season extension to be held on March 2-4, 2015. Attendees will leave the class armed with resources and prepared to implement season extension practices on their own farms. 
Participants will spend the first day learning the essentials of season extension from farmers and other professionals in a classroom setting at beautiful Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery with meals prepared by executive chef Alisa DeMarco. The second day will be spent visiting local businesses like Urbana’s Blue Moon Farm and Mahomet’s Tomahnous Farm that have made season extension a vital component of their success. The third day will be held at the Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois, where attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration in one of their many high tunnels. 
The cost of the workshop is $375 before February 20, and $425 through February 27, which includes all meals and materials. Attendees may also choose to attend just one or two days of the workshop. Please call for details. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. You can register on The Land Connection’s website (, or by calling 217-840-2128.