Organic Gardening Day Nov. 9
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- Organic gardening experts from around the country will present five
educational sessions to inspire pesticide-free gardening at this year's Organic
Gardening Day, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana.
September 6, 2013
University of Illinois vegetable and crops specialist and coordinator of the
event, said he is particularly pleased with the line-up of speakers for this
Bagnasco, from SuperNaturals Natural Vegetables in Vista, Calif., will provide
up-to-date information about the practice of grafting heirloom vegetables onto
more productive and disease-resistant rootstocks. "This practice is exploding
in popularity around the world and getting a running start here in the United
States," Voigt said. Bagnasco is a horticulture graduate of Michigan State
University, has worked in the gardening industry for over 35 years, and is a
co-host of the GardenLife radio program. His second talk will center on another
one of his horticultural passions – rescuing and growing endangered roses.
of Karen's Garden Delights in Kidron, Ohio, is the sixth generation on a family
farm settled by Swiss ancestors in 1822. Geiser grows vegetables, herbs,
flowers, sugarcane, fruits, and berries on about two acres. To feed her family
and grow produce for sale through as much of the year as possible, she has
worked with high tunnels, low tunnels, cold frames, and other season extenders.
"Because there's only so much you can do to grow food through a midwestern
winter, she has also learned a great deal about eating with the seasons and
will share some of that wisdom with us," Voigt said.
Goren, executive chef at Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign, Ill., will do
an autumn fruits and vegetables cooking demonstration. Goren previously worked
as a chef at the Thirsty Bear Restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., before
moving to Champaign. "She advocates eating locally and tries to adhere to that
as much as possible through the seasons at her restaurant here in Illinois,
which presents a greater challenge than in California," Voigt said.
to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a broad range of gardening
of $60, which includes an organic lunch, must be received by Nov. 1. For more
information, contact Linda Harvey by calling 217-244-1693 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
registration on Nov. 9 begins at 8 a.m., will continue only as long as space
allows, and will not guarantee lunch. The first educational session begins
promptly at 9 a.m.
Source: Charles Voigt, Extension Specialist, Vegetable Crops, email@example.com