“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
951 S Green Mt Rd.
Belleville, IL 62220
Download the flyer and registration form here.
Attendees will get a first-hand tour of Eckert’s Farm and learn more about how Eckert’s uses native plants to support local pollinators.
7:30 a.m. – Enjoy a country style breakfast including scrambled eggs, farm fried potatoes, country bacon & sausage links, dollar pancakes, biscuits & Grandma’s sausage milk gravy. All served in bowls to pass around the table.
8:00 a.m. – Welcome and brief talks
9:00 a.m. – Tour of Eckert’s Farm
Attendance limited to 40.
About the Speaker:
Angie Eckert: Angie Boeker Eckert earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Bronze Tablet, top 3% of graduating class) from the University of Illinois in Horticulture and a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University. Angie taught horticulture at Southwestern Illinois College, coordinated Adult Education Classes for the Missouri Botanical Garden and ran a horticultural speaking business for several years before joining her husband’s seventh generation orchard and retail operation. At Eckert’s, Angie initially managed the greenhouse and landscape design entities. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Retail Operations for Eckert’s located in Belleville, Illinois where she oversees the specialty food store, garden center and cooking classroom.
She is avid promoter of local food and she speaks regularly to visitors and groups. Angie also enjoys testing recipes and writing a weekly recipe blog on behalf of the Eckert family. She has co-authored three cookbooks: The Eckert Family Spring, Summer and Fall Cookbooks.
Angie has formerly served on the education committee for the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Members Board for the Missouri Botanical Garden. She is a past president of the University of Illinois’ College of Agriculture, Consumer and Economic Sciences Alumni Board. Angie currently serves on the University of Illinois Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Board.
In her free time, Angie loves to cook and garden at her home on the farm with her husband Chris, daughter Ella (age 13), son Theo (age 9) and their two golden retrievers.
Prefer to pay by check? Download the registration form and send with payment by August 4.