"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
Matt & Belinda Gutwein Pine Tree Produce
Nancy Homerding
Forrest, IL
Calico Gardens Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mexican Sour Cucumbers, Ground Cherries and Assorted Other Vegetables
Samantha Homerding Black Sheep Food Initiative
Larry & Shirley Ifft Ifft Family Gardens
Thomas & Janet Jablonski Eden's Harvest Farm Garden Vegetables, Alpacas, Alpaca Fleece and Rovings
Ron & Gerrie Jankun Funguy Foraging
Kelly & Cindy Kinate Healthy Harvest Garden Vegetables (Heirloom) and Fruits
John & Molly Meyer Whistling Hen Farms
Matthew Oertel Oertel's Roots
Kyle & Amanda Parrish
Chatsworth, IL
Always Somethin' Farm Eggs from Non-GMO fed, pastured hens, Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Assorted Vegetables. There's Always Somethin' new to try.
Joel & Amber Plattner Windmill Acres Garden Vegetables & Fruits
Derrick & Joslyn Steidinger Silver Line Ranch
Tomatoes, Eggplant, Beets, Beans, Potatoes, and Brussel Sprouts
Loren Steidinger Family
Fairbury, IL
Verdant Acre Tomatoes, Onions, Broccoli, Persimmons, and More!
Matt & Teri Stork
Chatsworth, IL
Prairie Produce Garlic, Potatoes, Squash, and Other Various Vegetables
Jim & Thadd Waldbeser TW Farms Melons, Popcorn, Mulberries and Garden Vegetables
Advisory Members
Marty, Kris & Will Travis Spence Farm
Doug and Beth Rinkenberger Garden Gate Farm Heirloom vegetables, pastured pork & turkey, eggs (regular & duck).
Farm tours available. Children welcome.
Our large variety of farm animals, makes our tour interesting!