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Blog Archive: February 2012

Calf #1

The newest additions to our herd of Scottish Highland cows are Melody and her two heifer calves (her own daughter and a friend), pictured above. The look identical, but we assure you there are two of them!

Submit your picks for their names to by May 15, 2012. We’ll pick our favorites and the winner will receive $25 off any upcoming Learning Center program or public workshop. In your submission, feel free to specify names for calf #1 and calf #2, if you have a preference.

Good luck!

Bronwyn Weaver, left, owner of Heritage Prairie Farm and farm manager Nate Sumner, harvest a cold weather variety of spinach, growing in one of the farm's greenhouses. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / February 12, 2012)

"Restaurants take a fresh look at local produce" describes ways that restaurants are serving more locally grown produce, to the benefit of their businesses, clientele, and farmers. The article features Bronwyn Weaver, co-founder of Heritage Prairie Farm, and a member of CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), facilitated by the Learning Center. Weaver explains how restaurant partnerships help small farms:

"When they embrace local foods, it really can make a huge difference to the farming community; it really helps to make us viable."

CRAFT was founded in 1997 by a group of family farmers...

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation recently featured a blog story about the Learning Center's farmer training program, and program graduate Bob Vierow, of Bob's Fresh & Local.

Mr. Vierow is one of more than 100 farmers who have graduated from our Stateline Farm Beginnings ® farmer training course since it began in 2005. Beginning farmers learn from established farmers throughout the region, and 76 percent of graduates report they are currently farming.

We are grateful for the ongoing support and partnership of the Donnelley Foundation. The Foundation has provided essential funding for our farmer...

The farm was covered in ice and fog on the morning of Feb. 3. IT manager Tara Lamb took these lovely shots during a walk around our beautiful farm....