Radical Root Farm grows food at Casey Farm, public land made possible through an innovative partnership between Conserve Lake County, the Lake County Forest Preserve District, and the Liberty Prairie Foundation.
The number of Farm Business Development Center farmers varies as farm businesses graduate and launch to more permanent locations, and current FBDC farmers gradually scale up their operations. Each farm is independently owned with responsibility for their own farm operations and marketing. Prairie Wind is located at the Prairie Crossing Farm for the long term, and serves as a mentor to FBDC farmers who “incubate” their businesses at the Prairie Crossing Farm for approximately 5 years before launching to a more permanent farm location.
The FBDC also has many alumni who continue to farm in the region. Click here for more information about FBDC alumni who have successfully launched farm businesses at more permanent locations after their FBDC experience.
The Prairie Farm Corps (featured on NBC 5 Chicago) is a youth development program that brings sustainable agriculture into the daily work of a diverse group of youth, some from underserved communities, by providing an experiential paid work experience on the Prairie Crossing Farm.
Prairie Wind Family Farm grows organic vegetables, raises pastured hens (Grayslake) and distributes fresh fruit in cooperation with farmer partners. Their CSA program serves Grayslake, Evanston, Vernon Hills, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Oak Park, and Allstate employees. Prairie Wind also sells at the Oak Park Farmers Market.
Prairie Wind (formerly of Sandhill Family Farms) is at the Prairie Crossing Farm for the long-term and serves as a mentor farmer to the FBDC. In 2013, Sandhill was named “Mentor Farmer of the Year” by the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) and Angelic Organics Learning Center.
Learn more about Prairie Wind Family Farm.
Sandbox Organics joined the Farm Business Development Center in 2015. Owner Yoram Shanan grows certified organic vegetables on .5 acres for his Chicago-based CSA and several Chicago restaurants. Click here to learn more about Sandbox Organics.