From the monthly archives:

May, 2013

Cook CFB Leaders Plant House Rooftop


A huge THANK YOU to Dan and Karen Biernacki from Ted's Greenhouse.  Dan and Karen generously donated their time, talent and creativity and planted the rooftop garden on the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie's Children's Hospital in downtown Chicago.  This is the second year that Cook County Farm Bureau volunteers have donated their time and talents to spring plant the garden.  

Google Gardens

Though urban agriculture has sprouted a popular trend in recent years, tracking its growth has proven difficult.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have broken through this challenge, developing a methodology used to quantify urban agriculture in Chicago by using a surprising tool:  Google Earth.

Using the virtual globe to examine urban gardening spots in Chicago, they were able to narrow down which gardens actually produced food through the program-documented sites.  The final estimate, published in October 2012, revealed 4,648 urban agriculture sites, with a production area of 2.85 million square feet.

The findings show that garden concentration varied by neighborhoods, and crops grown varied depending on the area's cultural groups.  Ultimately, the study suggested that both backyard and vacant lot gardens contribute to Chicago's total food production.

2013 Bookmark Contest Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!  There were so many great ones to choose from and we had a hard time making a decision.  The lucky winner of the contest was Sean from Rolling Meadows.  He will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card.  There were 3 runner-up winners as well and they will be awarded a $15 Amazon gift card.  In no particular order, they are:  Isabella from Chicago, Melody from Hoffman Estates and Natalie from Hoffman Estates.   Congratulations to all of our winners!  Take a look at all the entries we received:         Sean from Rolling Meadows is the 1st Place Winner!                                          Melody from Hoffman Estates, Runner-up             ...

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Win a free lunch!

The Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Restaurant at the corner of Rt 66 and 79th Street in Willowbrook, is featured in the latest Partners Magazine from Illinois Farm Bureau.  Members can enter to win one of four $25 gift certificates to the restaurant through the month of June on the Partners website


Join Sen. Hastings for the Grand Opening of his District Office

Lincoln Park Zoo and Farm Bureau Hosts an Animal Care Panel for Farm-in-the-Zoo Volunteers

Chicago, IL- The Cook County Farm Bureau® along with the Lincoln Park Zoo hosted an animal care panel featuring pork farmer, Chris Gould; dairy farmer, Ethan Heinzmann; and Associate Professor of Stress and Environmental Physiology and Wellbeing in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson.  The panel was provided exclusively for Farm in the Zoo volunteers. Gould discussed his family’s hog operation as well as their use of gestational and farrowing crates, a topic which Dr. Salak-Johnson discussed during her presentation.  Dr. Salak-Johnson provided an overview of animal housing, overcrowding and building ventilation while also discussing the importance of an animal’s environment on their growth and production.   Both Dr. Salak-Johnson and Heinzmann discussed the use of antibiotics, including regulation, withdrawal periods, and inspection.  Heinzmann, a dairy farmer from Wauconda, discussed his farm’s efforts to ...

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Chicago-area Moms Tour Jeschke Farms

Chicago-area moms toured Jeschke Farms in rural Mazon on Saturday to discuss spring planing and the use of biotechnology on Illinois farms.

Pam Jensen (right), a farmer from downstate Illinois discusses the inner workings of a corn planter with Chicago-area moms during a spring farm tour in May.

Teacher Professional Development

Calling all teachers! There are a few seats left for both our Summer Ag Institutes. Join us to learn about the farm to table process, including food, fiber and fuel. Walk away with knowledge to develop new ideas and curriculum for your classroom based on a wide variety of topics. Speakers will provide you with possibilities on using agriculture in your math, reading. science, and social studies CORE lesson planning. Earn CPDUs or graduate credit as well!


Cook CFB is Seeking Student to Complete Video Project

Cook County Farm Bureau is looking for a student to compete several video projects over the course of a calendar year.

The student will provide the labor, material, and equipment necessary to create seven videos, over the course of the year.  The individual selected for the project will be expected to produce all elements of the video, which may include, but are not limited to, scripting, voicing, shooting, lighting, graphics, editing, coding, and music.

The student would work largely independently; however, weekly updates will be required.  This is a paid project that is estimated to last for a calendar year.  For additional information regarding the project, please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at

Farm Bureau Leaders Discuss Trade Agreements During Symposium

Zhang Jianping, Director of the Department of International Economic Cooperator, Institute for International Economic Research, National Development and Reform Commission address over 300 attendees at the JETRO Symposium on Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and the Role of the United States and Japan.  During the Symposium, experts from the US, Japan, China and Singapore discussed the increasingly intricate web of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements and the challenges and opportunities they present.  Cook CFB has engaged with officials from JETRO and the Consul General of Japan at Chicago on several occasions in the past several years.

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