Getting the word out about 'Historic Farms' book a challenge
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[April 12, 2014]
SIKESTON, Mo. — The publisher of
an upcoming book honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois
says initial response to their publicity campaign has been
overwhelming, despite the fact that a large number of farm owners
still haven't heard about the project.
The coffee-table book, "Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the
State's Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms," will feature
histories of family-owned farms that have been certified by the
Illinois Department of Agriculture as Centennial or
Sesquicentennial Farms, as well as photos and stories
documenting the history of agriculture in the state.
Mailing of promotional brochures to eligible farms began late
in 2013, according to the publisher, Acclaim Press.
Participation and enthusiasm for the project among farmers has
been incredible, according to book editor Charles Francis.
"Submissions from those who want their farm histories
included in the book have been pouring in," Francis said. "We're
even getting calls from farms that haven't been certified
through the IDOA, asking if they can be in the book."
But a large number of the promotional mailings have been
returned undelivered to the publisher, and they are hearing from
local sources that many Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farm
owners haven't gotten a brochure. As a result, the publisher
will be working with local historical societies and agricultural
officials to update their mailing list and to make sure that
every eligible farmer knows about the book.
"We don't want any farm that wants to have their history
included in the book to be left out because they didn't learn
about the project," said Delayne Reeves, Illinois Department of
Agriculture program coordinator for Centennial and
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Any farm that hasn't received a promotional
mailing should call Acclaim Press at 877-427-2665 to request a
brochure, or download it from the publisher's website,
Reeves said there is still time for farms that meet the criteria
to complete the Department of Agriculture certification process and
be included in the book. Those interested should call her at
217-524-9129 or go to the program's website,
details on the program.
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