dave in the shack

shack-selfieI have a friend, Dave McClure. He’s retired from directing the La Salle County Youth Service Bureau.  He worked for a lot of years to make the lives of troubled children and their families better. He didn’t always succeed; sometimes the obstacles are too great. Still, he didn’t stop working, he didn’t stop caring. Although he's retired, he hasn't stopped working, he hasn't stopped caring. Now, he writes (and volunteers and loves, and lives a good life). He writes with heart and grace about everyday events both past and present. I suspect he will be writing a lot in the coming weeks and months. (Here’s a link to Dave’s blog) Dave is one of my heroes. Usually, we choose our heroes in childhood.  I didn’t meet Dave until I was about forty – an age that many of us have either outgrown or been disappointed by our heroes becoming jaded, cynical. Dave inspires me to be a better human being and to hope. But hope without action, is a delusion. So, I will begin to write today.

Do you Pinterest?

Pinterest… At best, it’s just a bunch of pretty pictures or at worst filled with epic fails (think Thanksgiving Turkeys) you should avoid, right? Not really. It’s actually a really good way to crowd-source ideas. and it’s particularly good for sourcing recipe ideas and cooking techniques/tips. I eschewed Pinterest in favor of Google searches which gotContinue Reading

Find a farm by zip code on Local Harvest

Local Harvest Fourteen years ago when we were just starting to sell CSA shares, we didn’t know if we’d reach enough people to purchase the 50 shares worth of vegetables we were planning. We issued press releases to local papers and had a couple of nice articles written about us. At that time,  Community Supported AgricultureContinue Reading

Slow Food Chicago

        Slow Food Chicago Do you care about food? Is healthy local foodshed important to you? Do you get a kick out of growing food in the city? Does preserving and honoring our local (and global) food heritage inspire you? Or…do you just want to know where to find the best food,Continue Reading

Chicago Meat CSA

ChicagoMeatCSA.com         Want to eat food like this? Get it from farmers who care. About you. About the animals. About the planet.

Mise en Place

Mise en Place

Have you every made a stir fry dish in which the meat was overcooked, the veggies burnt, the noodles congealed into a lump and the sauce was missing a key ingredient/flavor? What about that special meal you made for guests in which the sides were ready well ahead of the main dish was ready toContinue Reading

The Local Beet

The Local Beet It’s a blog, it’s a directory, it’s an online forum, and it’s all about local foods. If you care about local foods in and around Chicago The Local Beet is a great landing page. From farmers market info to a comprehensive CSA directory to one family’s sustainable food journey, The Local Beet putsContinue Reading

Find a CSA farm – Band of Farmers

          Band of Farmers – the Chicago-land CSA Coalition Are you looking for a Community Supported Agriculture farm that serves your neighborhood in the Chicago-land area? Band of Farmers can help you out! In the past year, 35 CSA farmers have joined the coalition. All serve the Chicago-land area. This site givesContinue Reading

How to Contact Senators, Representatives, and the Governor

    Legislation and policy are important. Voicing your opinion can make a difference.         Senator Mark Kirk         Senator Dick Durbin         16th District Representative – Adam Kinzinger   If you don’t know who your representative in the U.S. congress is, here’s how: Find YourContinue Reading

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