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CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture, but what exactly does that mean and how can it impact your dinner table? You may have seen our presenter, “Farmer Dan,” and his delectableproduce at one of our many area Farmers’ Markets. He is the owner of Arlington Crest Farms, a local CSA operation, providing retail, wholesale, compost, landscape design and ediblegarden services.
Dan has been describedas a man “with a passion for dirt and tasty food.” He will give us the inside scoop on that dirt, as well as the sustainable practices he uses daily in his business. He will also share with us a “day in the life” of an entrepreneur who combines old-school farming with new techniques to feed the community.
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Introducing more native plants in your landscape improves your soil, reduces watering and the use of pesticides, and creates habitat for butterflies, birds, bees, and other wildlife - which all makes your yard more beautiful. You CAN have your hydrangeas and hostas and natives, too. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to add some native species to your garden.
Diana Stoll is a horticulturalistand a garden writer, speaker, and photographer. She writes a weekly column for the Daily Herald and is a regular contributor to Chicagoland Gardening magazine, the Kane County Chronicle and other industry publications. She writes about her gardening adventures on her blog at www.gardenwithdiana.com. You can also catch her beautiful photos on Facebook. She loves to share the joy of gardening.