November 8,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     

If you want to learn more about starting or expanding a dairy operation, we have the workshop for you! 

On  December 4 , we're teaming up with Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery to deliver a full-day workshop on small dairy operations. 

The morning will focus on regulations pertaining to the handling, processing, and sale of milk and milk products. Rebecca Osland of Illinois Stewardship Alliance will be explaining the new raw milk law, as well as general milk regulations. The afternoon session covers equipment needs for handling and processing milk, feed rations and its effect on milk quality and quantity, and economic decision-making on a dairy farm.

WhenDecember 4, 9am-4pm
Where: Prairie Fruits Farm, Champaign, IL
How much: $75 full-day (includes lunch), $40 half-day
More information and registration are available here.
impact Community Impact

In our second season, the Champaign Farmers' Market continued to put the fight against food insecurity at the forefront. 

This year we gave out nearly $3,500 in matching funds to families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits; that's over triple the amount we were able to provide last year.

Please help The Land Connection continue to reach struggling families in our community and help them gain greater access to healthier foods, all while supporting our local farmers. Find out how you can help us fund important programs like the Champaign Farmers' Market here.

farmfnWhat We're Reading

As autumn progresses, farmers and gardeners across the area are cleaning out their plots. The tomato vines are making their way to the compost pile. The digging of the carrots has begun. And, hearts are heavy with the end of the glorious fresh produce season. But, the time of fresh vegetables does not have to end with the coming of the frosts! 

Eliot Coleman's The Winter Harvest Handbook is an excellent guide to four season vegetable production. In it, Coleman describes his winter harvest technique in exquisite detail. The best part of growing through the winter is the delicious sweetness of frost kissed vegetables.


WorkshopsWorkshops, Field Days, and Grant Opportunities

Small Dairy Intensive
Sunday, December 4, 9am-4pm 
We're teaming up with experts Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery to bring you answers to your milk selling questions.  Two sequential half-day workshops lead you through legal regulations, milk handling equipment, feed formulations for milk quality, and the economics of bringing milk from the udder to the table. The content will cover information for both cow and goat operations.   Lunch is included with full-day registration.  Click here to learn more.

Managing Risk in Organic Grain Farming - Workshop Series
This series of workshops is designed to help you manage risk in organic grain production, marketing, and financing. The four-workshop series started in J uly and runs through February. Each workshop costs $25 to register, or $75 to register for all four. Learn more about the workshops and register here.

Farm Services Agency Workshop
February 11, 2017
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Officials from the Illinois state FSA office will be presenting a three-hour workshop, walking attendees through programs designed to assist farmers with access to operating credit, real estate financing, conservation support programs, and disaster relief. Attendees will learn about eligibility and preferential funding groups such as beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. The workshop will conclude with a panel of farmers describing their experiences with the loan application process and how access to FSA funding has improved their businesses.  Attendees of this workshop will be the first to receive The Land Connection's new printed guide to FSA programs for specialty and non-commodity crop farmers.  Learn more and register here.


Honeybee Conservancy Invites Applications for Beekeeping Materials
The  Honeybee Conservancy  is inviting applications for in-kind grants designed to help nonprofit organizations or schools safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries in schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States. Applications are due this Friday, November 11. Learn more about the funding opportunity here.


6th Annual Local and Regional Food Conference
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Pavilion, Marion, IL
This event brings farmers and industry together to learn how to be engaged in meeting the demand for local and regional food.  The event is a  collaboration of the Illinois Farm Bureau and southern Illinois Farm Bureaus, Missouri Farm Bureau, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois Extension, Food Works, and Illinois Specialty Growers Association. Learn more here.

Fund-a-Farmer Webinars
Please join Food Animal Concerns Trust for one or both of their free upcoming webinars. 
Understanding Farm Animal Welfare Certification 
Tuesday, December 13
10:00 AM CST
Are you considering Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, and Global Animal Partnership certification? This webinar will walk you through the process of becoming welfare-certified and discuss funding options available to farmers interested in certification - including FACT's Animal Welfare Certification Grants.   Register here.

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference
January 11-13, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Springfield, IL
The 2017 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 11-13, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois. See the schedule  and learn more about the conference and registration here .

2017 Good Food Festival & Conference
March 16-18, 2017
UIC Forum, Chicago
The Good Food Festival & Conference Is The Midwest's Premier Showcase For Local And Sustainable Food.  Celebrate our region's growing local food community!  The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference will connect farmers, food producers, investors, trade buyers, policy makers, activists, families and Good Food lovers over three dynamic days.  Learn more here.
Bloog Looking ahead as Farmers' Market season winds down

The weather may not feel like it, but November is indeed upon us. Which sadly means the end of outdoor farmers' market season in this neck of the woods. The Champaign Farmers' Market concluded its sophomore season on October 25, which means it's now time to reflect on the past six months and dive into planning Season Three...

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
A new methodology will soon allow smallholder dairy operations to participate in international carbon credit markets in order to create a greener livestock sectorRead more here.
Something you should do
Show off your market as a Guest Instagrammer for the Farmers' Market Coalition. Learn more here.

Something to be happy about
A ranch in British Columbia is opening its gates as a refuge for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD. Read more here.

You can post your ad or search for more listings in the  classifieds section  o f our website. To have something listed in the Weekly Harvest, email us at or call 217-840-2128.

Employment Opportunities:

Illinois Stewardship Alliance seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Springfield, IL dedicated to cultivating a local food and farm system that is economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable. Established in 1974, Illinois Stewardship Alliance has a history of advocating for conservation on Illinois' farmlands and supporting the development of local food systems. The organization has three key program areas including Conservation, Local Food and Policy Advocacy. Additionally, Illinois Stewardship Alliance serves as fiscal sponsor for Illinois Organic Growers Association, Band of Farmers CSA Coalition and Grow Springfield.

Learn more about the position hereEmail cover letter and resume by Friday, December 2 to:  or mail to: Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 230 Broadway, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701

The Savanna Institute invites applications for a Program Manager. We seek applicants who share our passion for restorative and resilient agricultural practices. The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Urbana, Illinois. The Program Manager will manage the diverse research and education programs of the Savanna Institute. This position reports to the Executive Director.  Read more here.
We are seeking interns/crew members to start immediately. This is a paid, full-time position with room and board available.   No experience is necessary, but experience in physical labor or mechanical work and animal care is helpful and a great attitude is a must. 

For more information and to apply, contact Julie Larson at

Do you want to farm?  Do you have land but not the skills to tend to it?  Have you wondered what it would be like to spend a summer growing food for a community surrounding a farm?  

Our apprenticeship is designed to give individuals with the desire to farm and grow food an opportunity to do that on a production scale to make a living.  We offer housing & monthly stipend in exchange for a full season commitment. 

We raise mixed produce for CSA, farmer's markets and wholesale customers.  We'll work side-by-side from seed to sale in hopes that you finish the season with a solid grasp of what it takes to run a small farm. Interns are expected to work quickly and efficiently in good and bad weather, to ask questions, and to learn from mistakes. Stipend starting @ $800/month and food from the farm as well as shared housing for the right candidate.
Full-time and part-time positions available. Contact Dylan at!

We are hiring for farm hands. This is part-time work starting in May or June running into December. You would be doing all kinds of manual labor: harvesting, weeding, washing, occasional transplanting and general cleanup. The benefits are hard to beat: lots of produce, exercise, and interesting people to talk to. No experience needed. For an application, visit our website. Please fill it out and sen to:

Land, Equipment, and Other:

NEW HOLLAND 1034 BALE WAGON (Mechanical hay loader/stacker)
A pull type wagon that can mechanically pick small square hay bales up out of the field and stack them into pallets of 100 bales that can be moved with a forklift. Always shedded while I've owned them, since 1999. I've quit raising hay. Two available. Asking $5,000 each, obo. 100 pallets also available. Pictures available here. Contact Brian Severson at  815-584-1850 or email

Selling at least 8 pastured, non-GMO fed, antibiotic-free pigs for around $1 a pound. Also available are a few  Red wattles which are antibiotic free, grown outside and will sell for 85 cents per pound. If you are interested contact Ammon Troyer at (217) 543-2979.

LAND USE OPPORTUNITY:  2.5 acres on north side of Aurora, IL
Landowner is making land available for garden/farm use. Has been in grass since 1981. Located near Indian Trail and Mitchell Road. Call owner Bill Robinson at  (630) 927-0519.

We hope to see someone purchase our family farm for organic farming practices. 40 acres- 20 acres planted soybeans 2016 + 20 acres fenced pastures/timber w/creek, pond. Modular home, pole barn, municipal water supply plus 2 other wells,300 amp electric, new septic system.  Past operations on property:  horses,  aquaculture (pond & creek), poultry, hogs, sheep, dairy, beef, honey, nuts, fruit trees, berries, mushrooms, herbs (woodland and planted), gardens (floral and vegetable), lots of wildlife habitat and mature timber.  Learn more here.

Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, and supporters that make the daily operations and programs of The Land Connection possible. We couldn't do it without you!


 And thanks to all of our 2016 Market Sponsors!

 Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church