Through our innovative programs and grant funding, the non-profit Liberty Prairie Foundation works with many partners to improve the health of land, water, and communities in northeastern Illinois.  

Promoting sustainable food farming has long been one of our key strategies. We do so through farm-based education programs, farm enterprise incubation, food policy reforms, community food justice initiatives, and our farmland access project. Learn more about the impact we're making.
Come See "At the Fork" - Monday, February 20!

Join us this Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. for the showing of  At the Fork.

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, go on a personal odyssey to ask tough questions about how animals are raised for our consumption. This  is a nuanced, meaningful, and intelligent conversation about the ethics of eating meat and dairy products.  Watch the trailer here:
 
At the Fork

Join us after the film for a thought-provoking conversation engaging both attendees and our featured panelists, including

- Cliff McConville, All Grass Farms
- Marc Ayers, Illinois State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.
- Mike Sands, Bean Hollow Grassfed & Liberty Prairie Foundation

Register to secure your seat! (space is limited)

The film will be shown at the Byron Colby Barn at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake in Prairie Crossing.  Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, a suggested donation is $5/person to support the Foundation's sustainable farming programs. This is the second film in the Liberty Prairie Foundation's 2017 Food & Farming Film Series.  Learn more about this film and please join us!
We're looking for spring time volunteers!

Are you looking for a way to participate in furthering the future of farming and food education in our local area? The Prairie Farm Corps is seeking volunteers! The Prairie Farm Corps is a youth development program that offers paid work opportunities and job training on the Prairie Crossing Farm for diverse teens in central Lake County. Although, our farm has a full force in Summer, there is plenty of work to be done while the high school students are still focused on their studies. We would like to invite any individuals interested to come and join us on Mondays in Spring and Fall.
 
The volunteer schedule is as follows:
  • Mondays, March 6 through June 5. Noon-3:00 pm. Spring farm work including greenhouse seeding, potting up plants, transplanting, and weeding.
  • Mondays, August 21 through October 4. 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Fall farm work including weeding, transplanting, and harvesting.
We are grateful for any time commitment you can offer, and are willing to accommodate interests in specific areas of farm work. Anyone over the age of 15 is welcome. If you are interested, please email Shannon McBride, the volunteer coordinator, at Shannon@libertyprairie.org with your first expected volunteer date and your future availability. 
One Earth Film Fest returns to Lake County

One Earth Film Fest, the Midwest's premier environmental film festival, is back for its 6th annual run, March 3-12, 2017.  

The festival offers wide ranging experiences for all ages and backgrounds-from citizens just beginning to learn about sustainability, to already ecologically minded folks, to families with young children to teens and young adults. 

Five inspiring films make their way to Lake County on March 4 and 5, and March 10 and 11 sponsored in part by the Liberty Prairie Foundation.   Almost all screenings are free with a suggested $6 donation. Reservations are strongly suggested.   
Save the date for the Spring Plant Sale

You are invited to our annual Organic Spring Plant Sale & Farm Open House on Saturday, May 13, from 10am to 1pm, at the Prairie Crossing Farm.  
 
Meet farmers growing local food, purchase organic plants, savor delicious wood-fired pizza, and more!   Plant sale proceeds benefit the Prairie Farm Corps, our  youth development program at the Prairie Crossing Farm.  

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the farm and purchase organic seedlings for your garden in support of a great cause!
Can you improve your bees' health and immunity?      

The Lake County Bee Keepers Association is hosting a Bee Nutrition Seminar on March 18th, 2017.  The  seminar is for beekeepers and gardeners interested in the environmental issues of saving bees.  

Topics will include how better pollen and nectar nutrition, along with supplemental feed for bees, may help their immunity to deal with deadly diseases - while improving the medicinal benefits of honey the bees produce and consumers enjoy.   Learn more about this event!
About the Prairie Crossing Farm      

The Prairie Crossing Farm is a working organic farm nestled inside the Prairie Crossing community in Grayslake, Illinois. The Prairie Crossing Farm is owned by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
32400 North Harris Road
Grayslake, IL 60030