Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

  (Ottawa, Illinois)
Sustainable Thoughts

Green Earth Fair this Sunday in Naperville, IL

Green Earth Fair

May 3, 2009 1 to 5 p.m.

Come to the organic farm in Naperville for our 6th annual Green Earth Fair. The event is free and open to the public!

  • Experts speaking on organic lawn care, sustainable landscaping, organic home gardening, green home building and remodeling, personal steps to control your carbon footprint, nutrition, and more. The full schedule is below.
  • More than 50 organizations and vendors providing information about their activities and products to help you achieve a greener and healthier lifestyle.
  • Children's activities include planting seeds, exploring the rich organic soil to find some critters, and making musical instruments. The children's parade with their musical instruments made from recycled materials will start from the Main Stage at 3 p.m.
  • Entertainment including local folk and blues musicians
  • Tours of the organic farm
  • Organic vegetable seedlings and native landscaping plants available for purchase.

The Green Earth Institute is located at the McDonald Farm, owned by The Conservation Foundation.
Address: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, Illinois 60565

Jody Osmund of Cedar Valley Sustainable farm will be on hand to talk about the meat CSA he and his wife Beth operate in Ottawa, IL.

Encouraging/Training New Farmers

This is the text of a recent email we recieved:

Hi Jody and Beth,
Just a quick, and well overdue note to let you know that your farm has left an indelible mark in my life. 
I was fortunate to attend your pasture poultry workshop last April, walked in not knowing the first thing about raising chickens, and left the workshop feeling as though I had gained some mastery.  Thank you.
Then this winter at our Farm Beginnings class, Jody made a presentation that was quite informative and impactful.  Thanks again!
Today, Joanne Wiedemann-Wolf sent a link to the 190N show and I watched the piece about Cedar Valley and was reminded about how important good farm models are in the life of a beginning farmer.  So again, thank you for all of the good work you do, and the way that you continue to inspire others to practice good farming as well. 
Much regards,



Jody & Beth Osmund

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA 

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