Dale and Peggy Stierwalt, father and daughter, farmers of GMO corn and sustainable chicken eggs, have differing opinions on farming. This doesn’t stop them from working together on their shared acres of land though, and together they show that it really does take a family to farm.
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, located in Urbana, Illinois, produces goat cheese, gelato, and much more. What have been some of their accomplishments and setbacks?
Small-scale farming is often overlooked when people talk about how they get food. Still, it is an important method for food production, with key differences from large-scale industrial farming. The Land Connection has been in operation for a decade and a half, helping new farmers learn to farm and getting these new farmers started with a piece of land.
What are challenges facing agriculture today? Kevin Wolz and the Savanna Institute are studying an alternative model for large-scale farming using a woody perennial polyculture, dominated by chestnuts and hazelnuts, that would address some of these problems.
Ever wonder why organic food costs more at the supermarket? "Costs of Small, Sustainable Farming" explains the technical challenges behind small, sustainable agriculture in east central Illinois -- and how they affect both the growers and the consumers.
What are the challenges of winter farming? The benefits? How do some small local farmers farm in the winter?
Featuring Lorien Carsey, winter farm manager of Blue Moon Farm in Urbana, Illinois. Podcast written by Lawrence Taritsa and voiced by Bella Solis.