"A group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois."






The majority of our Stewards are families with children.  These young farmers are an integral part of the daily farming operations.  They finally have the hope of staying “on the family farm,” with the prospects of raising livestock and growing specialty crops on smaller acreages.


Our oldest farm - one in production since the 1830’s - focuses on the wild specialty crops - wild ramps and paw paws from the lush woods, wild nettles and lambs-quarters, pure maple syrup and wild honey.


One couple and their 13-year old daughter consider their farm an eleven-year God-given dream come true.  They raise a variety of vegetables - green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, tomatoes, kohlrabi, squash, and much more - naturally without synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.  They put fresh produce on local tables the day after it is picked.

The Stewards Our Farms Our Produce
Terry & Judy Bachtold Grazin' Acres Grass-fed Beef
Neil & Tami Bahler, Mark, Eric, & Ashley Sunrise Gardens
Kennebec Potatoes, Green Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Dill, & Hyssop
Roger, Leslie & Jake Bradford Honey Milk Grove Honey, Garden Vegetables, Poultry, Meat Rabbits, & Goat's Milk
Kent Fehr Fehr Produce Farm Variety of vegetables, natural compost, lawn & garden services
Philip & Caleb Hartman Hartman Family Farm Garden Vegetables & Mulberries
Nancy Homerding Calico Gardens Heirloom tomatoes, leaf lettuces, beets, cucumbers
Thomas, Janet & Sarah Jablonski Eden's Harvest Farm Garden Vegetables, Alpacas, Alpaca fleece and rovings
Brooke, Stuart, Blake, Shea, & Damaris Kilgus Kilgus Kids Crops Variety of Garden Vegetables
Kevin & Denise Kilgus & family, Mark & Natalie Schneider, Matthew & Katie Schneider Living Water Farms, Inc Lettuce, microgreens, petite greens, sprouts, cress, arugula, mesclun mix, pea tendrils, basil
Kelly & Cindy Kinate Healthy Harvest Garden Vegetables (Heirloom) and Fruits
Matt & Dana Knapp Northbrook Acres Variety of Fruits & Vegetables
Frank & Amy Lasser Lasser SBG Farm Honey & Berries
Larry & Lisa McWilliams Little Farm on the Prairie Eggs, Chicken, Turkey
Keith Parrish & Donna O'Shaughnessy South Pork Ranch Grass-fed Beef, Pork & Honey
Joel & Amber Plattner Windmill Acres Garden Vegetables & Fruits
Brody Ricketts Brody's Garden Tomatoes, peppers, greenbeans, summer and butternut squash, and onions
Doug & Beth Rinkenberger, Brianna, Abby, Carrie, & Cassie Garden Gate Produce
Heirloom tomatoes, horseradish, lambs quarter, pastured turkeys, a variety of vegetables & fresh produce
Brian Severson Brian Severson Farms, Inc. Organic Sweet Corn & Soybeans, Field Peas, Sweet Clover Seed
Trent & Jackie Sparrow Catalpa Grove Farm Lamb & Goat Meat, Heirloom Vegetables, and Goat Milk Soap
Derrick & Joslyn Steidinger Silver Line Ranch
Tomatoes, eggplant, beets, beans, potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots
Derek Stoller Windy Knoll Produce Vegetables & Berries
Jason & Cheri Tate Heaven's Hands Heirloom vegetables & herbs
Thadd Waldbeser TW Farms Melons, Popcorn Mulberries & Garden Vegetables
Mike & Val Winterland Val's Victory Garden Garden Vegetables & Fruits
Advisory Members
Marty, Kris, & Will Travis Spence Farm
Marcus Maier Marcus Maier Farms
Bryan & Lisa Aberle Blue Sky Acres
Mark Edwards Edward's Farm
Justin & Trent Kilgus Pleasant Meadows