We are so lucky. This was my thought on a recent Saturday that perfectly illustrated just how fortunate we who live near such amazing local food really are.
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Chicago Botanic Gardens is a wonderfully beautiful place to visit – 26 gardens including a waterfall garden, loads of prairie, and acres and acres of water. But did you know they also offer educational opportunities?
Our friends at Chicago Botanic Gardens talk about the challenges of city gardening and practical solutions.
Making Ends Meet
Last week, I travelled to Duluth, Minnesota for the summer meeting of the Farm Beginnings Collaborative. This 1,400 mile 4 day trip was my first excursion into the far north of the country and I found it fascinating. The lands were flat, forested, and full of lakes, and the people were warm and welcoming. It called to mind the many many summer evenings spent with my grandmother in her kitchen in the plains of Ohio listening to "A Prairie Home Companion." So, in honor of Garrison Keillor...
13 weeks down, 11 to go. We've hit the halfway point of Season 3 at the Champaign Farmers' Market, and I'm just going to cut to the chase and say the season has surpassed all expectations. I'll be honest, last year was a struggle. Attendance was down a little from the first season, a few new vendors who started the season full of excitement, didn't finish out the summer with us.
Hello! This is Kacey from Two Million Blooms, and I’m honored to be guest blogging for The Land Connection today!
Since graduating from the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB) program, a lot has happened! Here's the skinny.
We've been having some fun with military terminology in the office lately, with IED (Interim Executive Director) as a favorite. I'm going to add another one in -- more nautical in nature, and more encompassing of my current philosophy -- Steady as She Goes. That is my goal as Interim Executive Director -- not to blow things up, but instead to keep things on course and moving forward in the same direction.
Six years ago this fall I arrived in Champaign. I spent the winter wondering what could possibly be good about this place. Having lived most of my life on the coast of California, I just didn’t get it--was so cold, and SO flat.
This week we feature a guest blog from Sally Writes with a look at the benefits of gardening as we age.