Living on the edge. Hustling. Working dawn to dusk, sunup to sundown, or 24-7. Nearly every farmer uses these words to describe their life. This endless work is not surprising given that farmers must be experts in growing crops, post-harvest handling, food safety, staff management, marketing, and selling plus have skills in tractor and small engine repair, construction, basic plumbing, and electricity.
The Persephone months are nearing! Persephone was the ancient Greek goddess of vegetation and daughter of Demeter, the goddess of nature. When Hades fell in love her he took her to the underworld to rule along side him Demeter begged Hades to allow Persephone to return to Earth.
- PublishedI have recently started a newsletter titled the Urban Ag Connect. In addition to continuing this blog, I will be sending out this newsletter every other month. Some months the Urban Ag Connect will replace this monthly blog post as each newsletter will have a blog like entry contained within it, as well as, Local Food Systems and Small Farms program updates.
- PublishedWe are excited to announce the next Master Urban Farmer Training Program for 2017! For this round of training we will be partnering with The Children's Farm at the Center in Palos Park, IL. For more information about the MUFTP program please follow this link: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/muft/ If you want a direct link to the registration page, follow this link: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16514. The deadline to register is May5th!
- PublishedI am excited to announce my first original Extension program for Cook County! It is with great excitement to bring to you the Master Urban Farmer Training Program:
Mission Statement: The Master Urban Farmer Training Program is designed to provide new urban farmers in Cook County the introductory knowledge and skills to start an urban farm. At the end of the program it is expected that participants will be able to write a viable business plan and have the information necessary to move forward with their urban farming goals.
Happy Spring/Vernal Equinox! Better late than never to think about crop planning for the upcoming growing season! This post really should have been put up three months ago, but alas other programs kept me very busy and distracted.
It's 9/1/15, where has the summer gone! If you have or are thinking about putting up a season extension structure (e.g. high tunnel, low tunnel, mini-tunnel, caterpillar), now is the time to be putting in your plantings for winter harvests. There are many cold hardy crops that can survive the harsh temperatures of winter. Spinach and kale are two classic examples of crops that have been known to even overwinter outdoors under heavy snow cover or organic mulches.