I want to write to correct a misquote that appeared in the article "Bounty Hunter" by Nicholas Day in your January 20 edition. The nonprofit referred to in the article as Farm Beginnings is really a program run by the nonprofit CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics. Our farmer training programs are taught by farmers through winter sessions and on their farms during the growing season.
I was delighted to see your article on Mari Coyne and on our farmer, Farmer John, of Angelic Organics. Please keep up the good work of highlighting the farming scene in the Chicagoland area.
Farmer development coordinator
CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics
Nicholas Day replies:
Farm Beginnings was founded in 1998 in Minnesota by the nonprofit Land Stewardship Project. In the fall of 2005 organizations in three other states began offering classes based on that curriculum, according to Brian DeVore, media coordinator for the LSP. The Illinois Farm Beginnings program has two locations: central Illinois, which is affiliated with the University of Illinois and the Land Connection, and northern Illinois, which is at the CSA Learning Center. Interested would-be farmers can check out www.farmbeginnings.uiuc.edu.