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2016 Year in Review/Looking into 2017

peonies

We were finally able to replace the old hoop house in the spring of 2016.  Christmas morning of 2013 I took Stella for a walk in the newly fallen snow, totaling more than 25” by that time and looked over to the hoop house and it looked quite odd!  I went inside and lo and ...… Read the article

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Changes in 2015

Dan the Man and our new cooler

As many of you fellow farmers and small business owners know, each year we have new developments and some just need to be shared!  In 2014 we started to sell our cut flowers through the Midwest Distribution Center for Whole Foods Midwest Region.  They shipped our flowers to 6 states from June through October! We ...… Read the article

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Illinois blooms for Midwest vases

Fields at Bright Flower Farm

By Debra PrinzingAuthor of Slow Flowers and 50 Mile BouquetJeanie McKewan is proud to call herself a farmer. A flower farmer, that is. Over the years, she has grown many types of plants, including edible crops and ornamentals for the landscape, but this engaging flower entrepreneur is at her best when surrounded by rows of ...… Read the article

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Green Entrepreneurs: Jeanie McKewan, Brightflower Nursery

Jeanie and Herbs

Green Entrepreneurs: Jeanie McKewan, Brightflower Nursery is one of a series of case studies conducted with support from the Center for Food and Agricultural Research. Additional case studies are available on the Institute for Rural Affairs website at www.IIRA.org.Read Case Study (pdf)… Read the article

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Illinois Flower and Wine Tour Press Release

Wine and Roses: Sustainable Ag Tour in Northwest Illinois By Constance McCarthyStorm clouds rolling in from the west on August 13 did not deter a group of hardy folks interested in taking in a different angle of sustainable agriculture. This tour began at Bright Flower Nursery, just north of Stockton, Illinois. We were greeted by Jeanie ...… Read the article

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Tour of Illinois Flower and Wine Operations

Marie Flanagan Source: ACES NewsBrightflower Nursery in Stockton and Famous Fossil Winery in Cedarville are the destinations of a tour sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. The tour is scheduled for Friday, August 13, and will begin at Brightflower Nursery at 9 a.m.Jeanie McKewan and Michael Staver started Brightflower Nursery in 2006. "After working for a ...… Read the article

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Learn to Eat Right at Brightflower Nursery

Etc.. A product of The Journal-Standard July-August 2009Read the article (pdf)… Read the article

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Food for thought

The Journal-Standard Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 Food Section A9 front pageRead the article (pdf)… Read the article

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Stockton’s Brightflower receives $5,000 Challenge Grant

The Scoop Today October 29, 2008 p7Read the article (pdf)… Read the article

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Illinois food tour a fast feast

Chicago Tribune Sunday July 13, 2008; Sec 8 Travel p. 1 and 7Read the article (pdf)… Read the article

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