Turkey Herding Deer EcoFarm

Turkey Herding Deer is a developing eco-farm and research center in Southern Illinois. Our mission is to demonstrate a broad range of Earth-friendly farming techniques and renewable energy systems. We are still in the early planning stages, but the lay of the land makes the property an ideal site for "Keyline" design and cultivation for organic crops. About a third of the land is cleared and has been fallow for about 25 years. The rest is in native and planted timber, a large portion of which is white pines - home to wild turkey and deer populations.

One of the key principles we want to work with is a study of the "edge effect" between the natural and built environments. The current biodiversity is supported by interesting water resources associated with the headwaters of Casey Fork Creek that cross the back of the farm. Five beautiful wooded gorges cross the farm supplying the creek with nearly drinkable water during the spring rains. Our plan includes an agroforestry program coupled with wildlife management and low-impact hydrology development for energy and irrigation.

Other plans include an ecologically designed RV park and Welcome center for agritourism and housing interns and a circa 1900 interpretive center and homestead. Our initial products are pine straw and wood chip mulch, but we hope to find experienced partners for helping us with certified organic produce, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and a wide variety of other CSA products. Our goal is to eventually create an "ecovillage" community focused and committed to ecology and sustainability.

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Listing last updated on Aug 17, 2007

Turkey Herding Deer EcoFarm welcomes researchers, inventors, naturalists and innovators of all kinds who have revolutionary ideas that need a place to grow. We are confident that this piece of ground is quite special and we have devoted it to changing the way Humans interact with Nature. We will need all sorts of partners to accomplish this goal. Please give us a call!




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