The Liberty Prairie Foundation supports educational programming at the Prairie Crossing Farm to educate and inspire people to value healthy food, land and community through experiences on our farm.

 

The Liberty Prairie Foundation provides leadership and financial support for local food system development, social entrepreneurship, land conservation, environmental education, and civic engagement.   

 

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House - May 17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

         

Come see the Liberty Prairie Foundation's local food systems work in action at the 2014 Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House! Purchase organic plants and other farm products from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sat., May 17 at the Prairie Crossing Farm!

 

Meet the Prairie Crossing farmers from Sandhill Family Farms, the Farm Business Development Center, and the Prairie Farm Corps youth development program.

 

Support the farmers who are growing local food in your neighborhood, purchase organic plants for your garden and more. Several community supported agriculture (CSA) options including organic vegetables, free-range eggs, and pastured pork will be available from multiple farm businesses. Join us for free farm tours, a children's scavenger hunt, additional vendors, and more at the 2014 Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sat., May 17!

 

After you've visited the Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House at the Prairie Crossing Farm, be sure to also stop by two other plant sales in Grayslake on May 17:

  • Conserve Lake County - over 100 species of native plants including grasses, flowering forbs, trees, and shrubs. Additional educational programming also available (see website for details). Sale runs 5/16 - 5/31, Mon. - Sat. (closed Sun.) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Conserve Lake County office (Almond Marsh). 
  • University of Illinois Master Gardeners - perennials from the homes of Master Gardeners and the Extension Office Demonstration Gardens. Vegetable plants and expert advice from Master Gardeners also available. Sale is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sat., May 17 at the U of I Extension office on Route 45. 

Enjoy a weekend full of local food, gardening, and conservation events in Grayslake! 

Incubating Farmers in Chicago       
  
PC Farmers Meg Runyan is presenting information about the Liberty Prairie Foundation's Farm Business Development Center at the May 14 Spring Gathering of Advocates in Urban Agriculture.
 
The focus of the panel discussion is "incubating" new farmers in Chicago. The Farm Business Development Center at the Prairie Crossing Farm is successfully launching new farm businesses to meet consumer demand. Interest in locally-grown organic food and continues to grow, as well as programs to train and develop new farmers!  
 
This free event is TODAY from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. Additional information is posted on the Advocates in Urban Agriculture website, http://auachicago.org/upcoming-events.
Prairie Farm Corps "Crop Mobs"
                   

The Prairie Farm Corps crew leaders and members have completed 4 "Crop Mob" work sessions so far this spring. They have been working on teambuilding and farm work as they prepare for the May 17 Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House and the full-time summer Prairie Farm Corps program. 

 

The Prairie Farm Corp's spring work activities have included seeding in the greenhouse for the plant sale and farm fields, preparing farm beds for the growing season, transplanting and direct seeding plants in the farm fields, sharpening farm tools and more. 

 

Wheat is grown on a small, educational scale at the Prairie Crossing Farm by the Prairie Farm Corps and the Montessori School of Lake Forest Adolescent Program. Youth learned about this important agricultural staple as they threshed (pictured above) and winnowed the wheat to separate the grains from the other plant material. During the summer program, Prairie Farm Corps participants will also learn to cook with wheat (and other vegetables) with the extensive cooking program.  

 

Beginning June 19, visit the Prairie Farm Corps at the Libertyville Farmers Market on Thursdays from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. to purchase certified organic vegetables, and hear what they are learning through this youth development program. The Prairie Farm Corps is also growing vegetables for the Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program in Round Lake and a backpack vegetable distribution program at Beacon Place in Waukegan.

Community Garden Plot Available       
  

Swiss Chard One full-size garden plot is still available at the Community Garden at the Prairie Crossing Farm. The plot size is 24' x 22' and costs $70 for the season, including access to compost, wood chips, and irrigation. 

 

Learn more about the Community Garden program at the Prairie Crossing Farm, and email Linda Wiens at linda@libertyprairie.org for more information. Late May is the perfect time to start growing your own vegetables. First come, first served!

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www.libertyprairie.org, 847-548-4062
32400 North Harris Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

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