Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Linden Hill Farms - June 5, 2014

OLLI visited Linden Hill Farms, a fourth generation working farm in Peoria County. Our personal tour guide was Miriam Rosenbohm, owner of Linden Hill Farms. Rosenbohm started our tour with a history of the farm, which goes back almost 100 years.

From a small herd of dairy cows they have grown to a 180-cow registered Brown Swiss and Holstein dairy farm. They also raise purebred Corriedale Sheep, Hackney ponies and chickens. Along with the dairy business the family runs a self-sufficient farm, producing all their own corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and wheat.

OLLI members toured the farm where they were up close with a baby calf, learned about the weaning process, and then headed to the loafing barn for feeding time. Rosenbohm also demonstrated the milking process, noting the cows were milked each day at 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. She discussed the difficulties facing dairy farmers today, animal welfare, and the genetically modified corn that is fed to the cows. Before we departed, Rosenbohm introduced the newest members of the family farm, two day old baby lambs, which we had the opportunity to pet and hold!

OLLI thanks Miriam and the entire family for their gracious hospitality and the opportunity to visit their family farm.

For more information about Linden Hill Farms, visit lindenhillfarms.com

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