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

 

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Calico Gardens

Calico Gardens
 

History of Calico Gardens

Hello, my name is Nancy Homerding, the Steward from Calico Gardens.  My family and I moved to Forrest, Illinois in 1996.  My husband Ron and I both grew up and lived in Romeoville, which is about 80 miles north. Ron comes from a farming family, and I lived in town - always dreaming of having a home in the country.  Moving to our home in rural Forrest was a dream come true.

Calico Gardens was started in 2007, after an invitation from Marty and Kris Travis to join the farmers group.  It was an easy decision because I love being outdoors, enjoy gardening, and the group shares the same gardening philosophies as I do.  At the present, we are small gardeners, but each year we try to grow a little bigger - adding something new each year.

We hope to be providing you with your favorites and seeing you in the market soon.


Our Family Members

Having a full-time office job, I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend in our garden.  Ron helps with the heavier projects.  We have two grown children, Nick & Samantha.  

The dogs and cats help chase the birds and other critters away from the garden while the sheep, Emu’s and chickens help provide the compost pile with important by-products.


Produce We Have Grown

My ultimate goal is to become a four- season’s gardener. The thought of being able to enjoy fresh vegetables and play in the dirt year round would be heaven. I believe in collecting all the rain water I can and use only what I collect on the garden. 

We have grown spring salad mix, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, beans, snap peas, Heirloom tomatoes and more.


The Stewards of the Land

Calico Gardens is a part of The Stewards of the Land, LLC, a group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois. 

Our focus is to produce food that is:
    - better for you
    - better for your kids
    - better for the planet

Enjoyed in award-winning restaurants, local food shops, and many family homes across the area, the food produced by the Stewards of the Land is fresh, chemical-free and delicious.


Nancy Homerding
27592 E 1100 North Rd
Forrest, IL 61741
(815)657-8204