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Learn More About Organic Farming
October 26, 2016 by: Lesley Gooding

Champaign County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and Young Ag Leaders Committee are hosting an organic farming peresentation on November 3rd starting at 6:30 PM at the Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium. This presentation is to focus on the efforts of organic farming practices, open to all members of the Champaign County Community. The speakers featured for the evening are: Angie Duitsman-Coxworth and Harold Wilken

More about the speakers:

Harold and Sandy Wilken are the owners of Janie’s Farm Organics, a 2700 acre organic farm in Iroquois County Illinois. Harold is a 5th generation farmer with roots back to Ostfriesland Germany. He farmed conventionally for 23 years before having an opportunity to transition 34 acres in 2003. In 2005, he started transitioning the whole 750 acres. Over the past 11 years, his son Ross and nephew Tim Vaske have joined the operation as well as a landowner and 2 other young men. Their rotation consists of corn, soybeans, wheat, cover crops and a few other grains as well as a grass fed beef herd managed by his nephew Tim . Janie’s Farm is named after Harold and Sandy’s oldest daughter, who passed in a car accident in 2001.

Angie “Duitsman” Coxworth, the founder of Ostfriesland Farms and Opa’s Organics, is a native of Flatville, IL. She owns and actively manages 460 acres of prime farmland in Dekalb County, IL which she is transitioning to organic certification. Her current crops include soybeans, oats, alfalfa and clover. Corn will also be added to the rotation once her land is certified organic in 2018 and 2019. Her ultimate goal is to continue to improve soil health while growing organic grain for human consumption.

A strong German farming heritage combined with a passion for nutrition have been the driving forces leading her to a career in organic farming. While the “road to organic” has been bumpy, she feels very fortunate to have a tremendous amount of help and support from experienced organic farmers, not just in Dekalb County, but all over the state.  She looks forward to continuing to learn and face the challenges that organic farming brings, as well as involving her children in the operation.

- This event will have a light meal provided (sponsored by Champaign County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and Young Ag Leaders) before the meeting, RSVP required. 

To RSVP and be added to our attendance list, please call the Champaign County Farm Bureau Office at: (217) 352-5235