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 Access to capital is notoriously difficult for farmers. Growing and raising certified organic food is even more daunting. That's because the USDA requires organic farmers to work the soil for three years before allowing them to certify their crops as organic. What's more, yields are lower for a good five years after starting out while the soil becomes richer.

Access to capital is notoriously difficult for farmers. Growing and raising certified organic food is even more daunting. That's because the USDA requires organic farmers to work the soil for three years before allowing them to certify their crops as organic. What's more, yields are lower for a good five years after starting out while the soil becomes richer.


Here Comes The Neighborhood

Politico Focus

 Aaron Mallory, 30, remembers driving back from college at Southern Illinois University and seeing blocks filled with abandoned and boarded up homes, blighted by poverty, gangs and violence on the city’s south and west sides.  “It always bothered me,” Mallory said, especially what he saw in Roseland, the far South Side neighborhood where he was born.  Photography by  Alyssa Schukar .

Aaron Mallory, 30, remembers driving back from college at Southern Illinois University and seeing blocks filled with abandoned and boarded up homes, blighted by poverty, gangs and violence on the city’s south and west sides.

“It always bothered me,” Mallory said, especially what he saw in Roseland, the far South Side neighborhood where he was born.

Photography by Alyssa Schukar.

Keep A' Knockin'

The Residential Specialist

 For years, door knocking has been a staple of many REALTORS® who want to make face-to-face contact with prospective buyers and sellers. As digital marketing has taken over, knocking on doors is both loved and loathed by CRSs.

For years, door knocking has been a staple of many REALTORS® who want to make face-to-face contact with prospective buyers and sellers. As digital marketing has taken over, knocking on doors is both loved and loathed by CRSs.


 REALTOR® Necia Freeman remembers the first time she tried talking to a heroin-addicted prostitute in Huntington, W.V.  It was November 2011. The city was just beginning to get noticed for its growing opioid addiction and heroin crisis. By 2015, the death rate tied to the drugs would become 10 times the national average, earning Huntington the moniker of “overdose capital of the United States.”

REALTOR® Necia Freeman remembers the first time she tried talking to a heroin-addicted prostitute in Huntington, W.V.

It was November 2011. The city was just beginning to get noticed for its growing opioid addiction and heroin crisis. By 2015, the death rate tied to the drugs would become 10 times the national average, earning Huntington the moniker of “overdose capital of the United States.”


A Luxury Apartment Boom in the Burbs

Chicago Magazine