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Blog Archive: December 2009

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A family recently returned to the farm for the first time since 2004, the year when Sylvia, the three-legged goat, was born.   Their young daughter was so enchanted by Sylvia’s sweet disposition that she insisted that people address her as Sylvia, and, eventually, her parents made Sylvia her middle name.   This child growing up in Chicago had a goat as an important childhood friend!

 
Thousands of people visit the farm and Learning Center every year; I believe that the most powerful aspect of their visits is not the skills or information that they return home with, but...

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Five fantastic interns and volunteers joined me for our last urban farmstead volunteer day of the year, just before the snow and below-zero wind-chill hit Chicago. After mulching First Presbyterian Church’s landscape with donated woodchips and feeding our composting worms, all six of us piled into our low tunnel, the 7’x 24’ passive solar mini greenhouse we built in our demonstration garden in October. Crouched under the 4 foot ceiling, we thinned, harvested and pulled slugs from beets, carrots, chard, radishes and turnips planted this summer and fall. Our extended season crops in the...

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The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County and the Winnebago County Local Foods Working Group present a film screening:

 

Fresh: New thinking about what we're eating. A flim by ana Sofia joanes.

 

"We all know about the problems with the American food system, but what about the solutions? FRESH is a bracing, even exhilarating look at the whole range of efforts underway to renovate the way we grow food and feed ourselves." - Michael Pollan, author of "Botany of Desire," "In Defense of Food- an Eater's Manifesto" and "The Omnivore's Dillemma."

 

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From a Chicago Couple, a Wisconsin organic farm that understands its urban customer.

Today Bob and Jennifer, both 45, own Harvest Moon, a 20-acre certified organic farm in southwest Wisconsin. They're in some ways a typical family-run organic outfit, selling whole and half CSA shares—including winter shares beginning this year. But they've also been innovative, teaming up with Uncommon Ground on Devon to offer "Farmer Fridays," a weekly farmers' market that runs from 4 to 8 PM. It's as much for the farmers as the patrons who'd prefer to shop after work: "We can't be getting up at...

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Roald Gunderson with his company, Whole Trees Architecture and Construction,
constructed Angelic Organic Learning Center's passive solar offices and
training center in Caledonia, Illinois. The New York Times recently
featured Gunderson and his work to revolutionize the building industry.
Read the New York Times article.