From the monthly archives:

November, 2012

Enter to win the 2012 Trim the Tree Contest~calling all trimmers!

December is almost here and that means Christmas, and trees, and presents.  As the weather looks to be warmer this weekend why not take advantage and purchase your tree from a member farm stand or greenhouse and enter it into this year's Trim the Tree Contest.  It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3...  1.  Buy it! (Purchase a fresh Christmas tree from a participating CCFB Member farm stand - go to the Farm stand Directory in the Buy Local tab for a list ) 2.  Trim it! (Decorate it – pick a theme, favorite tradition and make it unique) 3.  Photograph & email it!   (Send an electronic photo along with the entry form to; entry forms are found in the Buy Local/Programs tab) Winners of the popular vote will receive:  First Prize: $250  Runner Up:$100; a matching donation will be made to the farm stand and Food Pantry selected. Entries for the Trim the Tree Contest will be posted on for voting by the ...

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Kids Against Hunger Event

Chicago High School for Ag Sciences FFA held  a "Kids Against Hunger" food packaging event in conjunction with Outreach International on 11/27/12.  Each student who participated raised at least $25.  Every $25 raised provides a meal for approximately 600 people.  In 2011, CHSAS packaged 26,000 meals that were sent to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Witnessing this large-scale event with these dedicated students was truly inspirational! Congrat's to CHSAS students on their hard work and dedication.  The Cook County Farm Bureau Board of Directors contributed funds for 4,800 meals to support these student's efforts!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cook County Farm Bureau Board and Staff would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

As you give thanks, please remember to thank the farmers that worked hard to bring great foods that we enjoy everyday to you and your family.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here is some fun Turkey Trivia from the Winter 2011-12 Partners Magazine which featured the Kauffman Turkey Farm from Waterman, Illinois.  Enjoy!

Cook County Farm Bureau Members: “FORD BLACK FRIDAY SALES EVENT” through the 30th!

The following “FORD BLACK FRIDAY SALES EVENT” is stackable with our current $500 Bonus Cash Program!!  Please read the information below for details and eligible vehicles and visit your dealership.  If you have any questions, give us a call or you can also contact Ford Customer Service at 1-888-322-5862. Whoever said "good things come to those who wait" has never experienced Black Friday. Which is why the Ford Black Friday Sales Event is not 1, but 12 days long-giving you plenty of time to save, without the hefty holiday shopping bills.   Get up to $1,000 when you buy or lease an eligible Ford vehicle from November 19 - 30, 2012. Choose between Bonus Cash (applied to your vehicle purchase), or a Ford Black Friday Award Prepaid MasterCard®, to fund your holiday shopping. The sale may be 12 days long, but it will be over before you know it!  (1) $1,000 Black Friday Ford Credit Bonus Cash or $1,000 Ford Black Friday Award Prepaid MasterCard® on '12/'13 F-150 and ...

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Ted' Greenhouse Member Tour...a great way to spend a Saturday morning!

35 Cook County Farm Bureau members had a behind the scenes tour of Ted’s Greenhouse operation last Saturday, November 17th.  Owner, Dan Biernacki and staff lead the tour of the greenhouse operations and demonstrated the many facets of its operation including seeding, propagation cuttings, perennials and so much more! 

Lovers of plants and flowers were able to view the greenhouses filled with beautiful plants, foliage, herbs, cacti, poinsettias and more.  Owner Ted Biernacki was also on hand to meet with members and share his expertise.

The tour wound down with Karen Biernacki and family serving an unexpected treat of hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade to the members before they were on their way.  It was a terrific event that provided insight into the magnitude of agricultural knowledge and expertise that is required in greenhouse operations; thank you Biernacki Family.      Ted’s Greenhouse is located at 16930 S. 84th Ave Tinley Park, IL 60477

Kick-off From Member Appreciation Banquet Brings in Generous Donations

45 shopping bags filled with food were donated by members as a kick-off to 2013's Food Checkout Day which benefits Ronald McDonald's House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana.

Toys donated by members attending the banquet for Toy Box Connection's Children of Soldier's Event.

Anyone interested in donating can contact the Cook County Farm Bureau office for details at (708)354-3276. 

Interview with CCFB Vice President Mike Rauch

Listen to an interview with Cook County Farm Bureau Vice President, Mike Rauch, as he discusses crops, the Summit Award and the Ag in the Classroom Program.

Scenes from Thursday's Member Appreciation Banquet

Members donate items as part of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana kick-off.

Roger Freeman (l) and Rick Johnson (r) gave a brief explanation of the Commodities/Marketing Team's programming during a brief BINGO interlude.

A member shows off winning BINGO to staff member Melanie Paffumi, as part of our new event that encouraged interaction and group participation.

Co-MC Mark Yunker checks another member's BINGO!

Around 300 members attended the Membership Appreciation Banquet at Georgio's in Orland Park.

To view more photos from this event, click here to visit our Facebook Page Photo Album.

Ag Leadership Academy pairs CPS and Pontiac FFA Students

Students and teachers from Chicago Vocational High School, John Marshall High School, Chicago High School for Ag Sciences and Hubbard High School participated in a one day leadership academy on November 2nd.   The day began with a tour of Joliet Intermodal where students learned about careers within the transportation industry. After four speakers gave overviews of their career paths, students toured the operation and saw the actual jobs being performed.   After lunch, students headed to Fairbury, IL where they received a tour of Kilgus Farmstead.  Tour information focused on the process of raising and caring for their 140 jersey cows that produce over 5,000 gallons of milk per week.  Students also learned that Kilgus is the only single source farmstead milk bottling plant in Central IL.    The day concluded with a visit to Pontiac High School where Mr. Jesse Faber and Mr. Parker Bane, Ag teachers, had their FFA students join our stu ...

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State Representative Elgie Sims Tours Farm

Newly appointed State Representative Elgie Sims visits with Cook and Will County Farm Bureau members during a November farm visit to Cook CFB Board Member Mark Yunker’s farm, pictured left to right is: Janet McCabe, Cook CFB; Mark Yunker, Cook CFB; Kim Morton, Cook CFB; Glen Ginder, Will CFB; and State Rep. Elgie Sims.  Rep. Sims later joined Farm Bureau members for lunch.  Under the new legislative map, Rep. Sims’ Chicago-centric district now includes parts of Cook, Will and Kankakee Counties. 

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