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Raise your Cup (and Fork)

I've been spending much of my time preparing for Sunday's Artisan Cup & Fork Fundraiser and Chef Competition.  I'm very excited about the event!  It's going to be a fabulous time; however, it sure would have been easier if we had just rented out a ballroom at a hotel and ordered catering.  So, why didn't we?  Because honoring and celebrating those who play such a vital and active role in our local food movement is important to us ...

Steady as She Goes

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.  

Farming Foibles: Mr. Possum

At our house, I prefer to keep a certain level of formality with the local wildlife.  So we have Mr. Possum, Mr. Toad, Mr. Earthworm, and so on.  I'm not sure why there isn't any female wildlife nearby, but somehow it just works out that way.    To keep the gender balance fair, the bees are referred to as "the girls." 

Farming Foibles: Equipment Review (BCS Tractor)

I have waxed poetic on several of my blog posts about our BCS 2-wheel tractor.  It allows us to engage in a number of non-standard farming pursuits, and it also really excels as an all-around farming/yard tractor.  These tractors are used extensively in Europe where parcels are much smaller, and the land has more interesting terrain.  

Farming Foibles: Winter is Here

Farming Foibles: Winter is Coming, part 2

I'd like to welcome all returning (and new prospective) pyromaniacs to the 2nd installment of my blog on how to heat your home with wood.  Now that we have kindling out of the way, the next item we need to talk about is firewood.  Having a few acres in the country in Central Illinois doesn't automatically come with a woodlot (or trees in most cases), so you have to be a bit creative.  Of course, you could buy your firewood, but really, wh

Farming Foibles: Winter is Coming, part 1

Some of you are only excited about the coming of winter in the context of a certain HBO series; however, there are others that love sitting by a roaring fire on a cold day.  I enjoy both a great deal, and luckily, we have a roaring fire most days in the winter because we prefer to heat our home with wood.  A quote from Aldo Leopold comes to mind when I think about what many would consider to be our somewhat odd (or at least labor intensive) choice:  “There are two

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