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January, 2018

Food on Your Mind? Let’s Talk.

Join the Chicago Ridge Library and Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about how your food is grown and the decisions today’s farmers make.  Speakers will provide an overview of modern farming practices, organic farming, and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).  Speakers will also address audience members’ questions. March 12, 2018 7:00 p.m. Chicago Ridge Public Library 10400 S. Oxford Ave, Chicago Ridge Speakers Kim Morton, a former farm manager for the Northern Trust Company and farm owner, is one of Chicagoland’s premier speakers on GMO testing and use.  In her role with the Northern Trust Company, she became the second woman in the nation to receive the “Accredited Farm Manager” designation and was a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Class of 1998. Morton is an active member of the Cook County Farm Bureau®.  Tim Stuenkel is the Global Marketing Communications Manager at TeeJet Technolo ...

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Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Farm Bureau will host a policy discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.  Members will be able to participate using their phones and will not need to travel.

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.

Community Garden Grant Applications Deadline February 28, 2018

2018 Cookfresh® Community Urban Garden Grant Program Application Available! Cookfresh® Community Urban garden Grant Program is designed to “help” community gardens access needed plantings, seed, raised bed construction material, soil, compost, fencing and more.   Cookfresh® Cook County will award five (5) $300.00 grants to urban/community gardens in Cook County that are seeking to enhance their garden’s success.  A grant application sub-committee will evaluate applications and award five garden grants.   Awarded Cookfresh® grant funds are in the form of vouchers, redeemable same as cash at participating CCFB member Greenhouses and Garden Centers.   Application: To download an application, click HERE or contact Debbie:708-354-3276 or by email at membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org. Available January 3, 2018. Deadline: Grant application need to be emailed, faxed or postmarked by Tuesday, February 28, 2018 to be cons ...

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Help us Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Partnering with us to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities®

With Food Checkout Day scheduled for February 6, 2018 Farm Bureau families and partners have joined together to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill.  Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow. Through YOUR support we’ve been able to ensure that a healthy, nutritious meal is not a concern of theirs during these times.  Help us to collect non-perishable food, money, and pop tabs.  Food, cash and pop tab donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Cook County Farm Bureau® 6438 Joliet Road Countryside, Illinois 60525 (708) 354-3276   In 2017, we were able to donate over $10,000 to the five area Ronald McDonald Houses.  Due to your efforts, Ronald McDonald Houses remain open to all families regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Please partner with us to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

This month’s column dedicated to those born in another century “What century were you born in, buddy?” I ask myself sometimes when I accidently write the year as 1999 on a check (Yes, I still write checks because they are like cash… that green stuff the government prints which is supposed to be like currency). Yes, I still make the mistake of not only writing the wrong year but the wrong century! For those of you who accidentally write 1899, I am impressed! As I look at the calendar, I cannot believe that we are entering the year 2018 (or is that 1918?).  I am ready to put 2017 - A year in which I experienced various injuries and body damage - behind me. 2018 promises a brand-new year full of opportunity and the potential of no emergency room visits! The other day, I received a quarterly Country Financial informational booklet. In it was an article that talked about a group of kids that will be graduating as a part of the high school class of 2018. I found it to be fascinating ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

Next to asking my kids what they want from Santa (if anyone is wondering it was a skidloader for my loud, big-little boy and an American Girl horse for my blue-eyed girl), asking people about their New Year’s resolutions is my next favorite conversation.  Each year I promise to start running.  Eat more vegetables.  And drink more water.  Occasionally, there’s an off the wall idea thrown in like starting to watch “Star Wars” movies or reading the “Lord of the Rings” series.  Each year, I make it a couple of weeks then slip back into old habits.  Walking, but no running.  Dr. Pepper over water.  And mashed potatoes rather than Brussels sprouts.  Potatoes are technically veggies just with buttery deliciousness.  Oh, and I’m more of a Harry Potter kind of gal. This year, I’d like to suggest some resolutions.  First, no more new or improved local taxes.  Let’s take a moment to remember Cook County&rs ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

New Year, New Labels With the new year often comes New Year’s resolutions.  What are the most common resolutions? Exercise more, lose weight and eat healthier are often the frontrunners. Just how does one eat healthier?  I say by reading the labels and, as one of our classroom presenters Toni teaches, eat as close to the farm as possible.  I love that saying!  If you can choose between an apple, an apple granola bar or an apple nutri-grain bar, pick the apple.  If the apple isn’t available, read the labels on your other choices.  We hear it now and we’re going to hear it a lot more as the new labels appear on packages this year.  You’d think it would be a great choice just to pick a product by its name, but that’s not always the case.  There’s been a huge surge in branding with many items containing names to suggest they are the perfect choice (which some may be).  Nature Made Vitamins, Earthbound Greens, Skinny Cow, ...

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