Thursday, May 11, 2006
Only an eighth of a mile from yesterday's burgeoning corn field is another large field. Last year it was planted in soybeans, which was the last crop for this land.
I suppose the developers press release would read something like this:
"Our company has begun work on the new "Tallgrass" community. Crews are on schedule with improvements that will be completed in time for new homeowners to take possession in late 2006."
Perhaps it's a matter of perspective. But for me, there are no improvements to be made on a nice soybean field.
The Polivka family, who sold their family farm to the local Forest Preserve District rather than developers, were recognized recently at an awards dinner. The Garfield Heritage Society and Campton Historic Agricultural Lands group awarded the family as "Cooperators for Conservation." As one of the Polivka sons said in his acceptance speech, "We knew our father did not want the last crop on this land to be little pink houses."