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Midwest Organic Conference

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The Land Connection staff members, and many local farmers are heading up to LaCrosse Wisconsin today.  There, we will get together with over 2,500 other organic growers and supporters of organic agriculture from dozens of Midwest states and beyond, and participate in meetings, workshops, and the all-important conversations in hallways and in front of the bulletin boards. 

Farmland (and Farmhouse) Available

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The "Route 24" corridor that runs like a narrow (2-lane) belt across the mid-section of Central Illinois is sprouting more and more organic acres. We recently spoke with a family near Forrest, IL and learned of a great opportunity for a beginning farmer. Available immediately is a two bedroom home with about 3 acres ready to be planted. The property also features a large building with a concrete floor and garage doors that could be used for packing vegetables, assembling beehives, or whatever you are interested in doing.

Local Farmers to Join Panel following Living Downstream screening at Normal Theater

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Some people feel depressed, even paralyzed, after learning about the multiple carcinogens we inhale with each breath, imbibe with each sip of water, and eat when we indulge in most foodstuffs. But there is hope! And when it comes to our food, that hope is embodied in local organic farmers who grow great food without applying poisons. As Sandra Steingraber wrote in the 2nd edition of Living Downstream:

Steingraber and Science on Organic Ag Feeding the World

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One of the oft-repeated criticisms of family organic farming is that family organic farmers “cannot feed the world.” The first response to this should be that chemical farming is not feeding the world, so it's a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. The next should be to look at serious peer-reviewed studies on the question of which kind of agriculture is more productive.

New Life for Maurer-Steingraber Farm

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On a cold March day in 2006, Sandra Steingraber called The Land Connection and mentioned that her grandmother Leah Maurer had passed away at age 100. At the time she contacted The Land Connection, Steingraber said, “I had already succumbed to the inevitability of losing this farm to urban sprawl development or to an out-of-area investor who would rent the fields out and seek to maximize short-term profits at the expense of good stewardship.

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