"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
Ben Adsit
Terry & Judy Bachtold Grass-fed Beef
Roger, Leslie & Jake Bradford Honey Milk Grove Honey, Garden Vegetables, Poultry, Meat Rabbits & Goat's Milk
Joe & Melinda Cusak
Philip & Caleb Hartman Hartman Family Farm Garden Vegetables & Mulberries
Nancy Homerding Calico Gardens Heirloom tomatoes, leaf lettuces, beets, cucumbers
Larry & Shirley Ifft
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
Kelly & Cindy Kinate Healthy Harvest Garden Vegetables (Heirloom) and Fruits
Frank & Amy Lasser Lasser SBG Farm Honey & Berries
Joel & Amber Plattner Windmill Acres Garden Vegetables & Fruits
Brody Ricketts Brody's Garden Tomatoes, peppers, greenbeans, summer and butternut squash, and onions
Darren Ropp Prairie Central School Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, and sweet corn
Brian Severson Brian Severson Farms, Inc. Organic sweet corn & soybeans, field peas, sweet clover seed, wheat
Oats, popcorn, buckwheat and their flours.
Derrick & Joslyn Steidinger Silver Line Ranch
Tomatoes, eggplant, beets, beans, potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots
Derek, Kate, and Kyle Stoller Windy Knoll Produce Vegetables & Berries
Greg, Jill & Philip Stoller Sylvan Acres
(815) 657-8900
Vegetables, fruits, lamb, chicken, eggs, and duck
Thadd Waldbeser TW Farms Melons, Popcorn Mulberries & Garden Vegetables
Cheryl & Keith Zacek Farmer In Odell
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
Kevin & Denise Kilgus and Mark & Natalie Schneider Living Water Farms, Inc
Larry & Lisa McWilliams Little Farm on the Prairie
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!