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Read article: Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith 
Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith 
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The next stop in my tri-county farmer interview series brought me to Garden Gate Farm in Fairbury, Illinois, to talk to the...
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Read article: 2024 Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam farmers market guide
2024 Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam farmers market guide
June 20th is officially the first day of summer and with it comes the start of farmers market season.  Farmers markets are a great opportunity...
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Read article: Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith
Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith
When I arrived at Garden Gate Farms in Fairbury, Illinois for another farmer interview, I immediately knew it would be a very interesting story. It...
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Read article: Cover Crop Update: Shifting to summer
Cover Crop Update: Shifting to summer
Spring cover crops are mainly now reaching their end.  Many have been incorporated or terminated and either planted into or getting ready too....

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McHenry County Farm Stroll 2023
McHenry County Farm Stroll 2023 Offers Tours of 11 Family-Owned Small Farms and McHenry County College Student Farm Woodstock, Ill. – Come out for an autumn day in the country! On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., McHenry County will host its annual Farm Stroll, a free self-...
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Tart cherry season begins in Northern Illinois
While it may seem early, tart cherries are almost ready in backyard and commercial orchards in Northern Illinois. The tart cherry harvest season will begin in the next two weeks, towards the middle and end of June, maybe even sooner.“June remains an...
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Will the 2024 cicada invasion affect me
DECATUR, Ill. — This year, not one but two broods- the 13-year Brood XIX and the 17-year Brood XIII- of periodical cicadas will emerge. But, what does this mean for Central Illinois? The 13-year Brood XIX has been quietly feeding on tree roots for over a decade and will soon make their...

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