D is For Duncan…Beet Farmer Blogger Jody Osmund Continues His Way

April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

Editor’s Note: Beet Farmer Blogger Jody Osmund decided to work his way thought the alphabet, highlighting people, places and things important to his operation, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm. Of course, he skipped A. ¬†B was for butcher Scott Bittner, and C was, naturally, Jody’s application to be a delegate to Slow Food’s Terra Madre event–which was inspired by C as in Chicago Honey Co-op. ¬†Today, we get to Duncan, not as on some of our minds, Duncan Keith, but Jody’s son, Duncan.


An A-Z blog theme on our farm’s community needs to include some mention of family. Today, I’m going to introduce you to Duncan. He is our farm’s naturalist and the one who always up for a walk in the woods or explore the creek. This week, he was hanging out/helping me trouble-shoot a shorted out electric fence.

As I worked, he climbed trees and explored. Walking along the pasture’s edge, I told him that the best place to find night crawlers was under old cow pies. So, we started to turn some of them over. Not only did we discover worms in the well rotted manure but many other living things from fungi to grubs to a sprouted honey locust seed (the cows eat the pods in the fall and deposit the undigested seeds all around the pasture – a perfect seed starter medium).

Yesterday, we ate a salad that Duncan had foraged with Beth and his little brother, Jack. The salad included water cress that grow along one of the many natural springs on farm, and sorrel a perrenial that is great as a cooked green (scrambled eggs and sorrel is favorite of our friend John Breslin) but works in a salad when the tender leaves are picked. It’s so gratifying to have our kids so connected to our farm way of living.

Look forward to the rest of my alphabet soon.

Jody Osmund grew up on a diversified grain & livestock farm just miles from where he farms now. However, he did not follow a straight line into farming. Jody graduated from high school in the late eighties (during the farm crisis that gave us Farm Aid); and, like many other bright young farm kids, he went off to college in search of another career. Fast forward 15 years. Jody moved back to family land and started (with his wife Beth) the first Community Supported Agriculture vegetable farm in LaSalle county. Livestock were added; and, five years later, Cedar Valley Sustainable farm was again first introducing CSA meat to Illinois and Chicago. As of 2012, CVSF delivers monthly meat shares to Evanston, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Logan Square, Oak Park, Naperville, Frankfort, and Ottawa. From June through October, you can find Jody delivering shares and selling his wares at the Logan Square Farmers market two Sundays a month.