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 our upcoming events!
Film Screening - Symphony of the Soil
7 p.m. Wed., Mar. 4 at the Byron Colby Barn
                  

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils! Soil is alive, and its health and survival are intricately connected to all life. 

 

Join us for a FREE screening of the award-winning film, Symphony of the Soil at 7 p.m. Wed., Mar. 4 at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. Admission is FREE, and at the door only (no pre-registration).

 

Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil as it "digs into" soil science and other topics that support the need to treat soil with care. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story, sharing voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists plus gripping footage from four continents.

 

After the film, mingle with area organic farmers and organizations dedicated to sustainable agriculture, native landscaping, and environmental education. Click here for more information, including a growing list of farmers and environmental organizations participating in this event.

 

Join us to learn about soil - the foundation of life on earth. This free event is sponsored by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, College of Lake County, Conserve Lake County, and the Prairie Crossing Charter School. 

Summer Positions at the Liberty Prairie Foundation

 

Do you know a high school or college student interested in learning more about local food through a meaningful summer position?

 

We are hiring for the following positions at the Prairie Crossing Farm:

  • Outreach Intern (college students). Connect with communities and organizations pursuing local food initiatives, and much more during this dynamic food systems internship. Application deadline: Feb. 27.

Successful candidates will be hard-working team players interested in organic agriculture, healthy food, and growing personally and professionally. Click here for application information for all positions. 

 

Video Series Celebrates the Prairie Crossing Farm

 

Have you ever wondered why the Prairie Crossing Farm is located in the middle of the Prairie Crossing community? Prairie Crossing is a master-planned conservation community, and one of the first modern developments in the country planned with a working organic farm.

 

Twenty years later, Prairie Crossing is a thriving community and a nationally renowned example of how a working organic farm - home to multiple farm businesses and educational programs - can be integrated into a suburban neighborhood. As part of this 20th anniversary celebration, we are producing an exciting video series. Enjoy the first two video features:

 

  • Prairie Farm Corps youth development program - Learn more about the multi-faceted program components through images of warm summer days cultivating vegetables, cooking healthy food, and growing together in this youth development program. 
  • Early days of Prairie Crossing - Learn about the site that eventually become Prairie Crossing - its transformation from a conventional farm destined as a typical suburban development into a conservation community based on 12 guiding principles that provide a framework for a lifestyle that respects the environment and strengthens the connections between land and community.
Watch for new video releases on the Liberty Prairie Foundation's YouTube channel or the Prairie Crossing Farm Facebook page
Montessori Students at the Prairie Crossing Farm

by Eric Carlberg

 

As a farm educator, I work very closely with students in grades 7-9 in the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) Adolescent Program. Throughout the school year, students are engaged in on-farm lessons and work experiences that integrate agriculture with science, math, language, nutrition, social studies, and economics.

 

Students are organized in small groups which are each responsible for developing, from start to finish, one farm-related project that contributes to economic life at the school. This year, one group has begun researching flowers that attract native pollinators. They will be propagating plants for sale at the May 16th Organic Plant Sale at the Prairie Crossing Farm.

 

Another student group plans to create a maze to add to the attractions (and income) at the MSLF Halloween Carnival. Rather than using the traditional corn, they intend to plant sorghum, corn's more prolific cousin.

 

A third group has already begun selling baked goods that incorporate one or more ingredients from the farm at the MSLF Lake Forest campus weekly farm market. One of their baking projects was Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) cookies, made from amaranth grown on the farm. Students harvested, threshed, and winnowed the amaranth before popping it and sculpting it into the traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos skulls.

 

Amaranth, traditionally used to make these cookies, was considered sacred by the Aztecs with its magenta blossoms likened to the blood of the gods. Banned by the conquistadors, amaranth continued to be grown in marginal regions far from colonial control.

 

We hope that enlisting each student in the planning side of farming, which is inherently creative as well as strategic, will help them develop business acumen and a greater capacity to collaborate with the earth's natural cycles. In addition to planning and executing specific growing projects, MSLF students help maintain all crops grown for educational programs on approximately 2.5 acres at the Prairie Crossing Farm. 

Save the Date - Upcoming Farm Events 

The Liberty Prairie Foundation hosts a variety of seasonal events to share our local food and conservation work with the broader community, and to support lifelong learning.

 

Our on-farm events help us balance our public education and outreach with the Prairie Crossing Farmers' needs to safely conduct farm operations on a working, certified organic farm.

 

We've finalized the following dates for the upcoming season:

  • Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House -   10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat., May 16
  • Fall Festival - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 3

Event details will be communicated in the upcoming months. In the meantime, save these dates! Free farm tours will be provided at both events.

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