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Getting Serious About Selling at Farmers Markets

So you planted too many tomato and zucchini plants (again), the hens in the backyard are laying eggs faster than you can make omelets, and your neighbors are clamoring for your fresh, homemade bread with strawberry preserves. So you've got great products and a little demand for them, maybe you should take advantage of the interest in local foods and start selling at a farmers market! There are...

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Seasoned Growers Succeed with Community Supported Agriculture

Happy CSA Day ! If you haven't heard of Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA, it is basically a subscription-style marketing format commonly used by fresh market vegetable growers where customer-members pay upfront for a weekly "share" of produce from the farm during the growing season. It is a unique opportunity for small farmers and...

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Winterizing Backyard Chickens

Chickens shouldn't wear sweaters. This should probably go without saying…but go ahead and Google it . The cold of the holiday season may be near, but those embarrassingly cute sweaters can actually...

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Avian Influenza, information for small flocks and backyard poultry

Unfortunately, bird flu is in the news again..and it's a serious concern for all poultry owners in the Mississippi Flyway , which includes Illinois. A strain of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), variant H5N2, has been discovered in numerous Midwestern states within the past month or so....

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Backyard Chicken How-to Videos!

I spent a morning with some IT/videographer colleagues a few weeks back, and we have pulled together a series of five short instructional videos on how to get started raising backyard chickens!  These videos talk about:...

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Information Resources for Raising Sheep and Goats

Have you ever considering getting into the sheep and goat business?  Well, one thing's for sure, you'll never have to go into your decision uninformed!  The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (commonly known as ATTRA), has just pulled together an extensive compilation of resources for those who are looki...

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