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Blog Archive: October 2009

2009 Farm Beginnings Students

Along with the expanding awareness of the benefits of local and organic produce, interest in sustainable, organic farming is growing in our region.  This fall, the Learning Center’s Stateline Farm Beginnings program experienced a rapid spike in demand, when 29 farm families applied for the 15 available slots.

 

Farm Beginnings is a business training course that helps new and emerging farmers develop a strategic farm business plan.

 

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 Teachers often ask us about incubating eggs at school to teach students about biology, chickens, farming, and food. We asked Chicago chicken keepers if they would like to get their hens from classroom hatching projects. Reflections: 

  1. BIOLOGICAL REALITY IS: about half of the eggs will hatch out male chicks – and there’s no way to know which before they hatch (except a new method that measures estrogen levels inside the shell.) Right after hatching, sex-linked varieties can be distinguished (boys from girls) by color of certain feathers, for instance. Otherwise,
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The bees from both of the Learning Center's Chicago hives are bringing back nectar and pollen in many shades -- yellow, orange, and blue! The blue pollen is from scilla flowers, which are currently carpeting Jackson Park. There are even a few blooming in the courtyard here at First Presbyterian Church.

 

We will doing our first full spring inspection of Georgia (our langstroth hive that overwintered) on Wednesday, April 22, starting around 12:30pm, provided we get sunny weather above 55 degrees. We may also peek into Flora (the new top...