Submitted by Bob Porter on Mon, 08/10/2015 – 3:35pm One thing you can’t really avoid noticing when you’re buying local food (or growing it yourself) is that stuff changes. Those gooseberries I enjoyed experimenting with a couple of months ago? Gone. That fresh asparagus I like so much? Sorry! Rhubarb? No. On the other hand, now there’s sweetcorn. […]
Touring the Markets, Eating the Hashbrowns
Submitted by Bob Porter on Mon, 07/13/2015 – 4:02pm Part of my job involves talking to the public about The Land Connection’s training programs. More specifically, it means talking to farmers or people who want to get into farming. But where do I find these farmers, short of driving aimlessly along county roads looking for people […]
Who Gets the Farm?
This was the big question we talked about at the Sangamon Aquifer Celebration in Decatur last week. It’s actually a question I hear a lot at public events. People are well aware that the average age of farmers is headed upward, and they’re deeply concerned about what will happen to to farmland once the current […]
You have the questions and we have the answers
Submitted by Bob Porter on Mon, 01/18/2016 – 5:04pm We were at the 2016 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference in Springfield two weeks ago, talking to people about the workshops and projects we have planned for the next few months. We talked with people who are just getting started in farming to those with a decades worth […]