A Publication of WTVP

June 2023

Alexander Chequim

Dancing the samba on central Illinois soil

Alexandre Chequim of Brazil is planting his DigiFarmz headquarters in Peoria and moving here Alexandre Chequim comes from a family of farmers. His great-grandfather emigrated from southern Italy to Brazil, where he grew grapes and eventually row crops. His entire life, Chequim has been surrounded by all things agriculture, combined

A heaping slice of hosta heaven (and more)

For nearly 40 years, Hornbaker Gardens outside Princeton has been drawing visitors from far and wide to its plant paradise Despite the dismal odds facing any start-up business . . . Despite the prolonged illness and death of one of the founders . . . Despite COVID craziness and shifting

Drip and Drizzl

Teen entrepreneur Khushi Shah of Peoria is turning heads with her high-tech irrigation system, among other accomplishments Some kids make volcanoes out of baking soda and vinegar for their school science project. Some kids do the ol’ egg drop. But if you’re Khushi Shah, you create a smart and efficient
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