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Sweitzer Farms: Growing on the Bright Side
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Karl Sweitzer III holds cherry peppers and habanero peppers freshly picked from the crops surrounding him. At his farm in Cobden, Illinois Sweitzer grows a cast array of different kinds of peppers all in different degrees in hotness. Habaneros, imn particular are rated amount the hottest peppers in the world which makes harvesting  them quite difficult. Fortunatly, Sweitzer claims the peppers, ” don’t really...

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Southernwood Farms
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Eric and Anne Stalhuber from Alto Pass, IL have been bringing organic vegetables to the Carbondale Farmers Market since 1977. Who: Southernwood Farms What: Organic Vegetables When: Saturday mornings Where: West Farmer’s Market...

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SIUC Logic Program – Sustainable Farming
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The Local Organic Gardening Initiative of Carbondale, LOGIC, has been a part of Southern Illinois University for 5 years and has offered fresh produce and a growing environment.  LOGIC’s goal is to produce food to be sold at the Carbondale farmers’ markets as well as SIU dining halls. Any food not sold is returned to the LOGIC farm to be composted. LOGIC attends the Carbondale farmers’...

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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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