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Winter Radishes Lighten and Brighten the Holidays

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While winter holidays and parties are wonderful times to share food and drink with family and friends, they are also often a challenge to the better angels of our diet.  But just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't sit down to a simple, satisfying salad. And the perfect winter salad is made with crunchy, sweet winter radishes. 

Harvesting Beauty

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October is the month of final abundance. Not only is there a sudden profusion of fall cooking greens—bok choi, tahtsai, mei qing choi, gai-lan, broccoli raab, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, and collards —there are the amazing salad greens—lettuces with their leaves growing thicker and tastier with the cool weather, fancy mustard greens (pizzo, ruby streaks, golden frill, and the incredible fall arugula.

Inheriting Land: Challenges and Opportunities

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Like many farmland inheritors, Kris McIntosh and her sister Kathryn knew next to nothing about farm management when they took over the land that has been in their family for more than three generations. 

Both sisters have families and jobs some 150 miles from their central Illinois farmland, but they nevertheless wanted to figure out what their options were. If possible, they wanted to find a way that the land might better embody their core values of protecting and enhancing the soil, water, plants, animals and community, ensuring the best possible health and mutual benefit for all.

What the Heck are Ramps, Anyway?

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Spring has been a long time coming this year. But there is one silver lining to the cold and blustery days: an extended season for wild ramps, and the opportunity to attend The Land Connection’s Ramp Fest on April 22, at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets today!

RampFest celebrates ramps, the first wild green things of spring, and also raises much-needed funds for The Land Connection, which allows us to:

Transcending Self

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Last Saturday, on yet another frigid and snow-swept day, some 20 people gathered to talk about the future fate of their farmland. As introductions were made, it became clear that  every person’s family farmland situation was different, and many were complex. 

Yet a common undercurrent ran beneath each story and flowed out of each voice: caring for something greater than us, something that will outlive us, and if cared for, something that will sustain many more generations.

Just Food?

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“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech  

Injecting Common Sense Into the Antibiotics Debate

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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.  

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