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CHAMPAIGN — While its students may never attend high school on the 80 acres of land the Champaign school district owns in the northernmost part of Champaign, some low-income families in the district may be fed this fall thanks to the proceeds from 40 acres of crops that were harvested on a portion of that land recently.
RANTOUL — Things have changed dramatically since Paul May served at Chanute Air Force Base.
Last week, vintage farm equipment traveled the runways formerly frequented by military aircraft.
May, of Kingsburg, Calif., wanted to be there to see it.
It might not be one of the oldest surviving homes, but it’s built from some of the oldest material.
Allen’s Original Redwood Log Home — built by a former logger from a section of redwood tree — is estimated to be more than 1,900 years old. At least the tree is that old. The home has a more modern beginning.
RANTOUL — Visitors to last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show in Rantoul had their choice of a wide range of food selections, including pizza, corn dogs, barbecued pork and hamburgers.
One selling homemade ice cream was among the busiest.
Electric motors turning the ice cream buckets made the ice cream an easy sell.
RANTOUL — Steve Smith of Republic, Ohio, sat at his stand at last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show with a “Plow Peddler” sign nearby
“To me, plowing is a lost art,” Smith said.
RANTOUL — Marshall Martin was wiping down his Farmall 706 tractor on Thursday — the first day of the Half Century of Progress farm show.
RANTOUL — John Fredrickson knew, to quote Ed Sullivan, it was going to be a really big show Thursday afternoon.
By then, the parking lots at the Rantoul Aviation Center are normally beginning to thin out for the first day of the Half Century of Progress farm show.
Instead, people were staying, and more were coming in the gates.
RANTOUL — Tea from corn.
That’s one of the products Guenha Kim is able to extract from his waxy corn that he grows on plots at Chanute Fields — the Rantoul food hub site.
Kim has plots totaling 3 acres next to the Rantoul FFA plot south of Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center near U.S. 45 and near the Illinois Center for
RANTOUL — Part of Jason Bartell never left the farm.
Having grown up a farmer’s son in rural Rantoul, even when he left for the hustle-bustle of Washington, D.C., he knew he wasn’t cut out to be a full-time farmer.
But there’s something therapeutic about getting one’s hands dirty. The Rantoul food hub opportunity helps to satisfy those cravings.
RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.
That time rolls around again this week when the seventh edition of the Half Century of Progress show runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.