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One of the great winter pleasures for gardeners is planning and dreaming about what they will grow come spring. One of the best ways to transform those dreams into reality is to browse through some … more
CASEY – Octogenarian farmer Ivan Patrick of Clark County recently completed his 53rd harvest.“This ground has been good to me through the years,” he said while sitting at his … more
It is not quite a top-secret operation, but an opportunity to visit the garden kept by long-time friends Pat Padgett and Bill Clark requires an invitation and usually an escorted drive to the remote … more
The Edgar County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won every contest they’ve participated in this season but the four-member team has eyes on a bigger prize — the Illinois 4-H Livestock … more
What started as an admirable effort to save a hive of honeybees has become a small hobby business and is struggling against the forces of nature to expand.Brothers-in-law Terry Sullivan and Mark … more
As gardeners are considering what they will plant in their vegetable and flower gardens this spring, many are considering whether the choices should consider heirloom vegetables.Raising heirloom … more
CHRISMAN – Pulling into the driveway of the Chrisman home of Shawn and Trisha Owen triggers an alarm Their rooster named John Wayne starts a loud crowing. The couple said the bird is like … more
STRATTON TOWNSHIP – Edgar County farmers are going full tilt taking advantage of good weather to plant this year’s corn and soybean crop.“From April 10 to the end of the month is … more
MARTINSVILLE – With the 2017 planting season quickly approaching, Dave and Jason Gross are feverishly working to prepare their equipment for sowing corn and soybeans.The father and son farming … more
MARTINSVILLE — What began as a way to provide extra money for a young family has morphed into a fulltime, year round business for the entire family at Dahnke’s Pine Patch.“We began … more
Whether it was showing cattle, horses or participating in showmanship competition, it was another great Illinois State Fair for Edgar County participants.Wolf Mound’s Girl on Fire, owned and … more
MARTINSVILLE — Just over one year ago, the Jason and Jennifer Towles family began raising goats for healthy raw milk when Jennifer received a surprise Valentine’s gift from her husband. … more
CHRISMAN – A greenhouse is in operation on the Chrisman High School campus after an absence of several years.“We had a greenhouse before we built the junior high,” said agriculture … more
The aroma of 1,400 pounds of pork chops will fill the air at the Edgar County 4-H Fairgrounds this afternoon as the annual 4-H Barbecue is scheduled from 4-7 p.m.According to Brad Cash, who along … more
It’s possible to have a fine vegetable garden by buying young plants but experts say you will have a much wider range of possibilities if you start your own plants from seeds indoors.Not only … more
Although summer is behind us, Donna Coonce at Five Feline Farm near Westfield is assessing the past growing season, including the expansion of the farm’s Native American gardens.The garden, … more
New babies are appearing daily at the Quinn family farm in Edgar Township, and right now twins and triplets are the norm.It’s lambing time and the Quinn family has their hands full keeping … more
Pride and achievement were on display March 17 for the annual Paris High School FFA banquet at Lake Ridge Christian Church. “I’m very proud to say that I’m the product of a … more
What began as a small garden for 4-H is now a two-acre plot filled with different varieties of vegetables and herbs after the Darin Kohlmeyer family found a niche to sell fresh produce at the local … more
It’s the time of year again to be thinking about what to get the farmer or rancher on your Christmas list.There may not be an easier person to buy for on a Christmas list, but there always … more
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