Category Archives: General

Seasonal Outlooks for Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
Last week, the Climate Prediction Center released their outlooks for February and beyond. There is nothing exciting to report for Illinois. Both the outlook for February and the 3-month outlook for February-April have us…

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2014 – 4th Coldest Year on Record for Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
Annual temperature in Illinois Based on preliminary numbers, 2014 was the 4th coldest year on record for Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 49.4° F and 2.9° F below average. It was tied with…

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November Finished Cold, Dry in Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
November finished both colder and drier than average for Illinois. The statewide average temperature for November 2014 in Illinois was 34.3 degrees, 8.2 degrees below average and the fourth coldest November on record. November…

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The Importance of Visits from Polar Low Pressures, aka Vortex

NPR ran a story this morning about what media outlets have started calling a polar vortex. It’s an ordinary and important occurrence that has been recently been given a new label to make it newsworthy. But as the report says: Such … Continue reading

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The joy of gardening: harvesting lettuce during a light snow

I waited until noon today when the temperature was up to 28 to check on the fall garden and harvest some lettuce. A few big snowflakes were falling as I picked almost a pound. What a treat! And it looks … Continue reading

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Open House September 20, 2014 from 11am-1pm

On September 20, 2014, from 11am – 1pm, we’ll be holding an open house at 1806 Clover Lane, Champaign, to answer questions about starting or expanding your urban gardening & homesteading practices. After over a decade of experimenting, our standard … Continue reading

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PBS’ Food Forward

We just watched the episode Meat Matters from the PBS show Food Forward.I highly recommend this episode specifically, but we were impressed with the pilot episode and the others look promising as well. Personally, we’ve gone to purchasing our meat … Continue reading

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