Upcoming Field Day Notice
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On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. CDT to noon, co-sponsors University of Illinois Extension, Trickl-Eez Company, McKibben Manufacturing, Inc., and HH Wild Plums, Inc., will be joining Coldbrook Farm, Inc., the host of Aronia Field Day, located at 16952 E. 6000 North Rd., Momence, IL. Coldbrook Farm’s John Pilcher will speak about the profitability of this remarkable native fruit, which is disease-resistant. It offers an easy transition for fruit growers who irrigate. Aronia berries, with stands that last 25 years, are also attractive to growers looking for a legacy crop to pass to the next generation. Per acre yields often reach 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. Coldbrook Farm includes among its accounts regional grocers Schnucks and Hy-Vee, and other outlets in Illinois and Indiana. It also markets to wholesale buyers. James M. Theuri, PhD, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator at University of Illinois Extension, will be speaking about “The Suitability of Aronia for Midwestern Growers.” Doug Foster, District Sales Manager at St. Joseph, MI’s Trickl-Eez, will cover “Drip Irrigation for Aronia.” Jeff McKibben, President of Grand Junction, MI’s McKibben Manufacturing, will talk about “Blueberry Harvesters for Aronia Growers.” Tammy Melcher, Sales Manager at Clarkson, NE’s HH Wild Plums, will speak about “How Our Nursery Grows Aronia Stock.” John Pilcher, President of Coldbrook Farm, will speak about “Aronia – The New (Old) Crop.”
REGISTER NOW Register for this free event by calling the Extension office at 815-933-8337 by August 27, 2013. You can also read about Coldbrook Farm by visiting www.coldbrookfarm.net.