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The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University released a multi-state economic impact study on increases in fruit and vegetableimage production in a six-state area (including Illinois and Wisconsin) that was released this past week. Fresh Taste and the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council, partners to the project, released the report in Illinois with a press conference on April 28th. As a co-chair of the Council that released the report in Illinois, I see...

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Last week, our aging draft horse Babe came down with colic.   As I waited with her for the vet to come, I heard something I’d never heard before in all my years at the farm.  From the distance, 4 or 5 times, I heard a faint whinny from another horse.  This surprised me, as the nearest horses are probably three quarters of a mile away as the crow flies.

 

In retrospect, I believe that the other horse knew that Babe was in distress, and was calling out to her.

 

Over time, I’ve thought a lot about...

From a Chicago Couple, a Wisconsin organic farm that understands its urban customer.

Today Bob and Jennifer, both 45, own Harvest Moon, a 20-acre certified organic farm in southwest Wisconsin. They're in some ways a typical family-run organic outfit, selling whole and half CSA shares—including winter shares beginning this year. But they've also been innovative, teaming up with Uncommon Ground on Devon to offer "Farmer Fridays," a weekly farmers' market that runs from 4 to 8 PM. It's as much for the farmers as the patrons who'd prefer to shop after work: "We can't be getting up at...

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