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Local Food Frontier

Follow the growing local movement in central Illinois from field to fork
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Summer Series of Organic Grain Field Days, Part 1

Interest in Organic Farming is on the Rise in Illinois Harold Wilken had been growing conventional grain for nearly 25 years when he decided to make a drastic change. It was 2003. The local food movement was in its infancy and organic foods were premium items found mostly at specialty grocery stores. Despite these challenges, Harold decided to begin to certify his land...

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Food Forest in Normal, Illinois Park Is an Illinois First

The food forest has taken root in Normal, the first of its kind in a municipal park in Illinois. A team of more than 75 volunteers, ranging from preschoolers to great-grandparents, planted 2,500 fruit trees, shrubs, cane fruits, perennial vegetables, herbs, and native prairie plants. A heavy mid-day rain sent a team of approximately 40 volunteers running for shelter before lunch; however, 25 vo...

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