Thursday, May 11, 2006


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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."


mark said...

I think I've read that press release: "We're improving the viability of family farm life by improving the economic base of this community."

srp said...

How ugly development makes the land.
Soybeans are marvelous. We recently found some frozen to be cooked and this variety has the consistency of limas with a nutty, but distinct flavor and so much protein and fiber..... we need MORE soybeans, not less.

Zanne said...

Soybeans are a part of so many prepared foodstuffs and other products - you simply wouldn't believe it.....including the ink your newspaper is printed with.