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Earth Talk
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 12:00 am
Harry was my close neighbor. “Close” in rural lingo generally refers to an adjacent landowner, as opposed to folks living several miles away who are still considered neighbors. T
Earth Talk
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 12:00 am
It's hard to find a food with a longer history than milk, a staple of the human diet. For at least 10,000 years, milk and foods made from milk have nourished children and adults in nearly every cultu
Earth Talk
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 12:00 am
This past year, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and local health departments offered financial incentives to assist in the sealing of abandoned wells. It's a worthwhile cause that I some
Earth Talk
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 12:00 am
In November, the last autumn colors vanish into piles of dry leaves and the prairie hardens itself for the coming winter. Here at Prairierth Farm, the crops are at last all gathered and the cat
Earth Talk
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 12:00 am
The big bluestem, dressed in its fall red-wine colors, glows in the late-afternoon sun among the bright-blue New England asters and a scattering of yellow goldenrod. From the center of this acr
Earth Talk
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 12:00 am
Maybe it's just me, but fall 2004 closed in a little faster than the calendar suggests. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to organize your fall composting project to deal with the annual
Earth Talk
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 12:00 am
'Tis the season to be wooed. Ardent politicians, like new lovers, fill the air with promises crafted to push our hot buttons and spend money as if it belongs to someone else. Millions are spent
Earth Talk
Thursday, June 24, 2004 12:00 am
"You can't do just one thing." So goes the old ecology adage, meaning, of course, that each change that occurs in the natural world precipitates a series of other -- often unknown and unexpecte
Earth Talk
Thursday, June 10, 2004 12:00 am
One afternoon a sudden squall line sneaked up on us while we were working in the field. You know that feeling -- goosebumps on the back of your neck, and you look up cautiously, expecting to se
Earth Talk
Thursday, June 3, 2004 12:00 am
Most of us natural-farmer types were pleased when the USDA announced that it would develop a set of regulations -- the government's form of a blessing -- for organic farming. But many small, di


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