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My first 4-H animal, Frosty, was a pretty heifer with a robust constitution and a feisty disposition. She had calves each year and never once came down with mastitis or any other infection that required antibiotic treatment.
I was not quite so feisty or robust as Frosty. More than once, antibiotics rescued me from childhood bouts with serious cases of strep throat.
There are a couple different kinds of conservation easements, and they make good sense for different situations. But first, what exactly is an easement? In essence, it is a restrictive covenant placed on a piece of land that ensures that the land can only be used for a designated purpose. Restrictive covenants are perhaps most well known in the context of segregated housing before the civil rights movement – but in terms of agricultural and other forms of conservation easements, it is intended to be a more positive thing.
Shakespeare wisely noted “How many things by seasons season’d are.” In this season of harvest abundance and giving thanks, we’d like to invite you to follow the seasons with The Land Connection’s 2014 Farmer-Annotated Calendar.
Renewal Acres, Quincy, Ilinois
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings 2006-2007
An Interview by Terra Brockman
Back in 2006, Rebecca Fischer saw a notice in her local newspaper about a brand new course called Central Illinois Farm Beginnings. “It sounded like exactly what I would want to learn about: chickens and small acreages.”
The Land Connection facilitates the full-year farmer training course, Central IL Farm Beginnings. An important component of the course is a mentorship with an experienced farmer. Today we are profiling Ron and Angie Ackerman, who mentored Gail Record (read more about Gail here!), and who were winners of the 2013 R. J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture at the Illinois State Fair.
Clarewood Farm and Bakery
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings 2008-2009
An interview by Cara Cummings
Stone Court Farm
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings 2011-2012
An interview by Cara Cummings
Katie Kenney used to spend her days in air conditioned classrooms lecturing on topics like statistics. Now, on any given 95 degree day with 80% humidity, you will find her planting trees, building fences, or taking care of livestock. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
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 Emma, our farmer training facilitator for Central Illinois Farm Beginnings!
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!)