Weeds! They are the bane of many organic farmers’ and gardeners’ lives. That’s why The Land Connection held a Weeding Field Day at veteran organic vegetable farmer Henry Brockman’s farm near Goodfield on June 29. (Interested in farming? Check out Central Illinois Farm Beginnings!)
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This time of year, things are in full swing on area farms. Vegetables (and weeds!) are growing fast and furious. Animals are growing fat on green pastures. Hay is being cut, baled, and stored away for the winter. And The Land Connection’s Central Illinois Farm Beginnings students are out there, learning from their farmer-mentors and developing the skills and community connections that will launch their farming careers.
The Land Connection is sharing a series of blog posts introducing the members of our staff to you, our readers and supporters! Come take a closer look at the heart of our organization: the staff members who work hard to keep TLC thriving. Over the next few weeks, be prepared to see a series of individual profiles of our staff members and get to know The Land Connection a little better! This week meet Amanda, our social media intern!
The Land Connection is starting a series of blog posts introducing the members of our staff to you, our readers and supporters! Come take a closer look at the heart of our organization: the staff members who work hard to keep TLC thriving.
Over the next few weeks, be prepared to see a series of individual profiles of our staff members and get to know The Land Connection a little better! We will start off the first two weeks introducing our interns, starting with Stephanie Fenty, who started working with us in February of this year:
“We don’t really own this land. Nobody does. We’re all just stewards—taking care of it for whoever comes next.” From “What Will Be Your Legacy?”
All seats were filled at The Launch Pad in downtown Bloomington last Friday for the opening performance of the Land Connection produced play, “What Will Be Your Legacy?” After a quick introduction to the local farmland issues that this play illustrates, the one act show commenced.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference, now in its 24th year, is an event that welcomes everyone, and that you shouldn't miss! Going up the escalator, you'll pass an Amish family, a young African-American couple, a young hipster, a white-bearded old-timer, and a Hispanic family. Basically there's one of everyone--and it doesn't matter where you are on the social, political, ethnic, or religious spectra--you are here for one thing: to learn more about organic farming, and to learn from experienced farmers themselves.
One of summer’s unsung heroes is the humble squash. Their delicate skins and flesh cannot be waxed, and so they tend to have a short shelf life, and except for zucchini have all but disappeared from grocery stores. All the more reason to get thee to a farmers market!
Many of you have heard about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. Funding for this Initiative comes under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary program providing financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers like you.
Congratulations to Land Connection founder Terra Brockman on her Women's History Month award from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.