DeKalb County Farm Stroll, July 19

Heatherhope Farm will be one of a dozen farms welcoming the public as part of the very first DeKalb County Farm Stroll, sponsored by the University of  Illinois Extension. The stroll is Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at the DeKalb County Farm Stroll.

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at the DeKalb County Farm Stroll.

Heatherhope will offer talks and walks about the farm to show off the North Country Cheviot flock here, along with our two livestock guardian dogs and our team of Border Collie sheep herding dogs. We will do herding demonstrations with the dogs at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. We will provide snacks and beverages for a free-will offering and invite visitors to bring their own lunches if they wish. We will also provide an outdoor portable toilet.

Further information about the entire event, which includes eleven other  very diverse farms that provide local foods and education about agriculture can be found at, or by phone at the Extension office,  815-758-8194.

Participants in the “Stroll” will travel at their own pace to visit as many of the farms as they wish. Let’s pray for good weather!

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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