Putting Down Roots


Terra Brockman and Linden Warfel, who have had family farms in Illinois for more than one hundred years; along with Cara Cummings, director of The Land Connection in Champaign; and Lorien Carsey of Blue Moon Farm in Urbana, describe how farming methods have changed over the years and the growing awareness of the effects of farming on the environment. During the nineteenth century, most farming practices were small-scale, without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or mechanized implements. Conventional farming has since morphed into an increasingly industrialized process.

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