Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner
On September 5, the Chicago Botanic Garden presents a Garden Farm Dinner with provisions from the Garden's Green Youth Farm, Death's Door Spirits, Bell's Brewery, and Lynfred Winery. Tickets are on sale online or at the Visitor Center Information Desk. Admission is $200 per person. Ticket price includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a tour, a multi-course meal with drinks, parking, and good company.

Proceeds from the dinner support the Garden's Green Youth Farm program, offering students the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic farming. Vegetarian and dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request. For more information, go to http://www.chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners/

Books

Food Production
Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm, Starring Marjory Wildcraft (Rooster Crows Productions, Oct 1, 2009) is a comprehensive DVD and resource CD for anyone interested in homesteading or simply adding a few chickens to the backyard. It has information on all aspects of raising food, such as food forests and edible landscaping, how to make a solar dehydrator, water collection systems, and rabbit and poultry production. Be warned that she does show how to butcher and dress a rabbit, not for the squeamish. The set comes with a resource CD that has 64 PDF instructional manuals on all different aspects of food production and sustainability. It is available from www.amazon.com.

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