Logan and Jessa Karcher are teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the second of four twilight meetings at their farm on Monday, June 12, 2023, starting at 6 p.m. University of Illinois Extension Educators, Bronwyn Aly, Nathan Johanning, and Katie Bell have partnered with area farmers over the past nine years to provide four evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Anyone involved or interested in local food production or learning more about farms in our region is encouraged and invited to attend.
Burnt Hill Cattle Company is located on 4815 Piopolis Rd Dahlgren IL. Logan and his wife, Jessa manage the fourth-generation family farm raising grass-fed, grain finished beef, grass-finished lamb, and pastured pork and poultry on 80 acres. They use various methods and an adaptive approach to manage their diverse property. Logan uses strip grazing to clear undergrowth in wooded areas followed by pigs on a short rotation, and then seeds a cover crop after the pigs. He also uses bale grazing and manure management to build fertility in mor marginal areas of the farm.
Throughout the evening, Logan and Jessa will discuss the importance of adaptive management and regenerative practices for healthy productive soils. They use Facebook to market their farm products and educate consumers about the practices used on the farm. Multispecies grazing is a key strategy Logan and Jessa use for ecological and financial resilience. Different species offer better utilization of pasture and forages and provide a wide selection of meats for consumers.
We encourage anyone interested in learning more about regenerative agriculture, multispecies grazing, and marketing in southern Illinois to join us and capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.
DATE: Monday, June 12, 2023
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Burnt Hill Cattle Company 4815 Piopolis Rd Dahlgren IL– We will be
DIRECTIONS: From Mt. Vernon:
I-64 E take exit 89 to Belle Rive, Turn left onto State Rte 142 S to Dahlgren, follow Main St./ Dahlgren Rd and turn right onto County Rd. 500 East, Turn right onto Piopolis rd/Co. Rd 1900N
I-57 N take exit 77 Sesser/ Whittington, turn right onto 154-E then turn left on IL 37-N, turn right on onto Ewing Rd and turn left onto 14-E, turn left onto Dahlgren Rd to Dahlgren, turn right on Main St./ Dahlgren Rd, turn right on County Rd. 500 East, turn right onto Piopolis rd/ Co. Rd 1900 N
There is no cost to attend this in-person program, but pre-registration is appreciated. To register online, visit go.illinois.edu/2023twilightseries . To register by phone, call 618-695-2441.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Bronwyn Aly at email@example.com. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
For more information, please contact:
Bronwyn Aly – 618-695-2441, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Bell – 618-687-1727, email@example.com
SOURCE: Bronwyn Aly, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois
Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-695-2441
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