A graduate student looks over crops at U of I's Woody Perennial Polyculture site

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - July 08, 2014

Two U of I Students Champion “Restoration Agriculture” at South Farms Site

The Woody Perennial Polyculture site at U of I's South Farms employs principles of what is known as permaculture - taking advantage of natural systems rather than constant technological intervention, replacing annual crops with perennial ones, and replacing monoculture with a diverse, complementary suite of crops

Monarch Butterfly feeding on butterfly milkweed

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - May 08, 2014

Support monarch butterflies by planting milkweed at home

Monarch Butterflies are declining rapidly as a species—by a staggering 90 percent in the past two decades. Butterfly milkweed, an easy-to-grow perennial characterized by attractive foliage and bright orange flowers; it is also the only plant fledgling Monarch caterpillars feed on. People can provide important habitat for them in home landscaping—just by cultivating some milkweed for the caterpillars to feed on.