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!
Farm Ridge Hike - July 23

             

People throughout the Chicago region get certified organic vegetables from the Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake. Where does your food grow, and how is it grown?

 

Join resident organic farmer Jeff Miller of Sandhill Family Farms for a free Farm Ridge Hike from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wed., July 23.

 

Jeff will discuss Sandhill Family Farm's organic growing practices, pest management strategies, season extension methods, and more. The hike will conclude near Sandhill's flock of free-range chickens.

 

Online advance registration is required. Click here for more information, and for online registration. Come learn about organic food production at the Prairie Crossing Farm with this free and educational farm event!

 

Growing a Greener World Films at Prairie Crossing Farm

                    

The PBS series Growing a Greener World recently filmed a 30 minute episode at the Prairie Crossing Farm. This will air nationwide on PBS this fall and also be available online.

 

The episode will include information about Prairie CrossingSandhill Family Farms, and Liberty Prairie Foundation programs including the Farm Business Development Center and the Prairie Farm Corps youth development program. Joe Lamp'l, Growing a Greener World's Creator/Executive Producer/Host joined some of the Prairie Farm Corps youth for this great group photo.  

 

Several production photos are posted on the Prairie Crossing Farm Facebook page. We're very pleased with this national coverage, and hope you will enjoy the Growing a Greener World episode too! Stay tuned for news on the air date and online launch, expected this fall.

Seedling Donation Program       
  
The Liberty Prairie Foundation coordinates an annual seedling donation program in partnership with the Prairie Crossing farmers and organizations growing food for vulnerable populations.
 
This season we've connected area organizations with over 500 seedlings through generous donations from Midnight Sun Farm, Sandhill Family Farms, the Prairie Farm Corps, and Radical Root Farm via Conserve Lake County. Thank you for your seedling donations! 
 
Recipient organizations growing food for area food pantries and/or under-resourced people include Village Homesteading Mundelein/Fremont Township Food Pantry Garden, Mano a Mano, The Chapel's Mundelein CARE Garden, Roberti House, The Chapel's Libertyville Community CARE Garden, and many others. If you would like to lend your gardening expertise and volunteer time to these community gardening projects, please contact these organizations.
 
If you know of an organization growing food for a food pantry, please email Lexie@libertyprairie.org so we can add them to our distribution list.
Prairie Farm Corps at Libertyville Farmers Market
                   
Swiss chard thrives due to the careful weeding of this Prairie Farm Corps crew leader.

The Prairie Farm Corps summer program has begun! Participants in this youth development program are involved in all aspects of a sustainable agriculture business from seed to market.

 

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. This week the Prairie Farm Corps will sell asparagus, salad mix, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli, and more. 

 

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. Stay tuned for more news about these important vegetable distribution sites that connect under-resourced families with fresh, healthy vegetables.  

Stateline Farm Beginnings: Applications Now Accepted       
  

This year Angelic Organics Learning Center is celebrating ten years of offering Stateline Farm Beginnings! 

 

Stateline Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led training and support program designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Click here for more information about Angelic Organics Learning Center's Stateline Farm Beginnings Program.

Leave No Child Inside       
  
Children meet chickens during the Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House.

Summer's here! Let's work together to get our kids playing outside! Follow the Lake County Leave No Child Inside Facebook page to find and share fun, safe, and affordable outdoor activities. 

 

The Liberty Prairie Foundation is a member of this Chicago Wilderness initiative, an alliance of more than 200 public and private organizations working together to improve the health and wellness of children.

 

The Lake County Leave No Child Inside consortium promotes member programs for children and families where they can explore nature areas, parks, forest preserves and other sites.

 

For information about children's nature-related programs in Lake County, "like" the Lake County Leave No Child Inside Facebook page. Get outside and enjoy summer!

Pot Recycling

             

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House on May 17!

 

If you purchased plants, please return your pots to the farm to be sanitized and reused next season. Pot recycling containers are at the front and back porches of the Yellow Farmhouse at the Prairie Crossing Farm.

 

We are only able to reuse certain pot types and sizes, so please only return pots from plants purchased at our event.

 

We hope the plants you purchased are flourishing in your garden, and will soon provide you with fresh, tasty produce. Thank you!

Agritourism and Entrepreneurship        
  

 

  • Chicago-based accelerator Impact Engine is looking for passionate entrepreneurs trying to solve the world's toughest societal and environmental challenges. Its 16-week program is designed to provide mission-focused entrepreneurs with the capital, business resources, and network they need to build successful companies that positively impact the world.  Click here for more information. Applications due 6/22.
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