Welcome everyone to my new Local Harvest blog! This blog will be a somewhat abridged version of my regular, ongoing blog that I maintain on my website, www.hollomanfarm.com. For new readers, or random viewers who happened to stumble upon this page, let me introduce myself: I am Richard Holloman, and I own a small CSA farm in northern Illinois that serves members mostly in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I split my time between my Hoffman Estates home and my farm, which is located in Hanover, IL (not to be confused with Hanover Park, IL). Mine is a very small farm, but on it I grow a large variety of wholesome, naturally produced vegetables and herbs exclusively for my CSA members. This is my third year of being a farmer, after having been (briefly) a high school science teacher, and (for many years prior) a horticulturist with various employers, including nurseries and botanical gardens. As long as I'm giving you my resume, I might as well mention that I am a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia, and even though that was long ago and I am an Illinois native, there is never a time that I don't miss Athens, GA. I know many people have that kind of attachment to their alma mater. Ahh, but don't worry, I don't ever go droning on about the Bulldogs, or anything like that. I have much more pressing issues on my mind, such as the near-constant misery of farming, and the joy of home-brewing beer. So, check back, why don't you? I sometimes have very interesting observations and complaints. And please, don't be afraid to contact me! I love to hear from people. Again, welcome.