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(left to right) graduate student Eric Cnus and Sareh Nerwell, first-year psychology major work in the Anderson Hall Communiversity Gardens, 520 Garden Rd. The gardens are open for volunteers every Wednesday.

Communiversity Gardens invites volunteers to learn about food production

By Ally Formeller, News Reporter | April 7, 2022
Volunteers can learn more about food production and farming practices at NIU's Communiversity Gardens with a wide variety of produce.
Butler Organic Farms

Butler Organic Farms

By Cory Boston | September 4, 2012

Paul Butler, of Butler Organic Farms in DeKalb, prepares his combine for soy beans after a day of harvesting oats. Butler said that after this summer’s drought, his hay crop production is down 50 percent, wheat fields are down just a little from last...

Local farmers could receive aid

Local farmers could receive aid

By Maria Ahmad | September 4, 2012

The government has implemented a loan program to help farmers who may be in financial need due to the drought this summer. “The year was not very successful for corn, but northern Illinois was luckier than the rest of the state,” said Russel Higgins,...

Guest Column: Buying organically-grown food is good for you and the environment

By MELISSA BURLINGAME | September 25, 2011

What is organically-grown food? Organic growing practices are farming methods to control pests and retain soil nutrients that exclude the use of manufactured (the key word!) pesticides, fertilizers, or other additives to regulate growth, and include other...

Local group seeks volunteers to preserve agricultural history

By Northern Star Staff | August 25, 2011

The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association(DAAHA) is seeking volunteers, according to a press release. The release states DAAHA is seeking dedicated individuals to help further the mission of preserving and sharing the rich agricultural history...

DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association seeks items for collection

By Northern Star Staff | August 25, 2011

According to a press release, the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association(DAAHA) is seeking new items for its collection.Items needed include manuscripts, books, personal records, prints, photographs, catalogs, paintings, farming tools, furnishings,...