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Cory Ritterbusch
Works at Badger Hill Farms
Attends National Wildfire Coordination Group
Lives in Shullsburg, WI
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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal did  a story about my town's street names. I was interviewed and got in a picture. 
Good press for Shullsburg.
Whenever strangers pass through Shullsburg, they are taken by the names of the streets that form a grid in the northeast corner of town, from Truth and Judgement to Peace and Justice.
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Took my son along with an archaeologist yesterday. We looked at some Indian burial mounds I found. Plus, we found this ancient Indian rock shelter. Native American lived in here during the winter months for thousands of years.  
#GalenaIL   #Archaeology  
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+Sharon Holland These are on a combination of private and public land. Yes, our local archaeology is super interesting. 
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SCOUT Magazine interviewed me for a story. It was quite nice to talk with them.
I will try to post it in its entirety when it becomes available:
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Kudos, brother. You deserve the attention.
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I believe this is the earliest I have ever tilled my garden. Lack of rain here in Wisconsin made it possible on April 6. Now I can get going with some early stuff.
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Thanks for all of your comments. Although were not California. I always feel that spring moisture serves as an indicator for the rest of the year. I hope that is not the case this year. 
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The Grand Daddy of all seed catalogs arrived today. Thanks +Seed Savers Exchange 

#SeedSavers   #heirloom  
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You bet +S. Holland. It starts to get tough in March and April. I have some big plans this year, so I cant wait.
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Here's an old blog post that talks about today's specialness (Lincoln-Darwin Day). 

#darwinday   #CharlesDarwin   #abrahamlincoln  
Land Stewardship and Ecological Restoration in Northwest Illinois & Southwest Wisconsin
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Took this shot this past week. Photo shows our town's two Churches and our High School. 
Steeple on right is St. Matthews Catholic Church built 1861, Left steeple is Shullsburg Centenary Methodist Church built 1867, the school on the left built in 1900. All constructed of local limestone. #shullsburg   #limestone  
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+Cory Ritterbusch That's my guy! I did a bunch of reading about him when we moved here. He's probably not happy with the "nunsense" going on at Sinsinawa. God rest his soul.
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I recently had the honor of unveiling a new U.S. Postage Stamp. One of many events that I was a part of in April for the Sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War. 
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Way cool!
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Here is the full interview I did with SCOUT Magazine: 
  #nativeplants   #ecologicalrestoration   #landscapedesign   #hermanpepoon   #galenaillinois   #shullsburg  
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Fantastic interview, Cory. Congrats. Terrifically explained so the gen. public will have a better understanding.  :  )
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Plant photography season started today. Caught a few of the earliest emergers. 

#plantphotography  
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+Cory Ritterbusch that's a tough one..unless you get very close and zoom in.
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Still cold here in Wisconsin. Have to utilize the smoker hut still.

Smoked a nice Roast, two T-Bones and two Porthouse steaks today. 
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It was built by a combination of different things I saw here: http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/cold_weather_grilling_and_smoking.html
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I was the guest columnist in the Voice of the River Valley magazine this month. I wrote about utilizing native materials in man made landscapes.   #driftlessarea   #nativeplants   #landscapedesign  
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A good read, brother. Sometimes common sense actually makes sense. Why not take advantage of what's readily available, on-hand, and has PROVEN TO WORK, for heaven's sake?
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Education
  • National Wildfire Coordination Group
    Prescription Fire, 1998 - present
  • Crystal Lake South High School
    1991 - 1994
  • Jo Daviess County Leadership Forum
    Leadership, 2010
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Male
Birthday
October 31
Relationship
Married
Story
Tagline
Redefining the Rural Midwest
Introduction
After avoiding social medias for years, I joined forces with Google in 2011 when they launched Google Plus. I feel it is the superior platform for my needs.  

I am rooted in Quincy IL but grew up in Crystal Lake, IL. In 2002, I retreated to the rural Midwest. Today I split time between Galena, IL and Shullsburg, WI. Mostly, I am a restoration ecologist at my business Prairie Works, Inc., but also dabble into farming, writing and volunteerism. I am married and have two sons, Paul and Mark. 

Lucky to have passion careers, I have many interests and hobbies, which occasionally side track me. Including: Local History (Upper Midwest), canoeing, baseball history, antiques, meat smoking, Midwest travel, folk art, photography, genealogy, historic preservation, German-American culture, bibliophilia, Case/Ingersoll tractors, socializing and minimalism.  I am expert on the music and life of Bob Dylan. I also enjoy roots and pre-1980 music and a few current artists. I don’t support big box stores or chains, don’t watch TV, do some hunting and fishing, display random acts of kindness and I occasionally portray Civil War General John Corson Smith. 

Mainly this page will serve as a cloud based backup for my pictures, which I will keep organized here. My friends and family will be able to view and download as long as they have a gmail address. It will also double as a cyber diary to remind me of when things happened. 
Work
Occupation
Restoration Ecologist
Skills
Ecosytems Restoration (Midwest), Rx Fire, Plant Identification, Land Management, Planning, Land History, Historical Research, Etc.
Employment
  • Badger Hill Farms
    Organic Farmer, 2008 - present
    Custom grower
  • Prairie Works, Inc.
    Restoration Ecologist & Rx Fire Specialist, 2006 - present
    www.prairieworksinc.com
  • Pizzo & Associates
    Ecologist, 2001 - 2005
  • Club Colors, Inc.
    1994 - 2001
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Shullsburg, WI
Previously
Crystal Lake, IL - Galena, IL - Paw Paw, IL
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Shullsburg, Wisconsin
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P.O. Box 6623 Galena, IL 61036