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Mushroom Growing at Flyway Farm
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Mike “Mushroom Man” Hatfield, 31, owns and operates a farm and upscale mushroom grow op. He specializes in gourmet mushrooms, with the majority of them being Oyster and Shiitake. He lives on the farm with his wife Jessica and their daughter Iris. He’s been on the farm for six years and sees no end in sight. “I never saw myself doing this for a...

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Fisher’s Apiary: From Hive to Home
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A whiteboard at the USDA service center in Murphysboro still has Kenny Fisher’s name listed among the staff though “permanent vacation” is written next to it. Kenny retired last June, but still works in conservation as a local beekeeper. With 10 hives, Kenny and his wife Phyllis collect honey for themselves and also sell some at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. This was the first...

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