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On the Farm Blog this week, we’d like to introduce you to our Heritage Prairie Farm team! Our diverse team of farmers bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the farm, and we hope that you enjoy seeing the faces behind the fresh, certified organic produce that you’ve come to know and love from Heritage Prairie Farm!

Local farms such as Heritage Prairie Farm rely on support from community for their success, and it’s hard-working farmers such as the ones included here that put a lot of love and energy into growing food in a sustainable fashion.

You may have seen some of these faces at the Wheaton French Market, Geneva French Market, or during one of our Organic Plant Sales this spring!

meet the farmers, melina

Melina

1. Favorite vegetable?
“Young hakurei turnips this spring. Waiting for a new summer favorite this year!”

2. Favorite farm animal?
“The blind chicken that hangs out in the corner of the coop, living her best life.”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“My family farms corn and beans, but I have always been into vegetables & a more local market. I started here after graduating from NIU.”

4. Random fact about yourself?
“I used to be a competitive power lifter.”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“Being outside in the soil on a nice, sunny day! “

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“Farmers love answering your questions & talking about farming! customers are always welcome to reach out.”

Meet the Farmers, Luke

Luke

1. Favorite vegetable?
“Potato”

2. Favorite farm animal?
“Cows”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“I wanted to learn how to grow great food. I heard about HPF from a farming friend.”

4. Random fact about yourself?
“I love to do yoga!”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“Connecting to nature.”

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“The food we produce is as good as you can get!”

meet the farmers, brett

Brett

1. Favorite vegetable?
“Tomatoes!”

2. Favorite farm animal?
“Do the other farmers count?”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“I have a degree in sustainable agriculture & food systems. I have been working on farms in California before HPF!”

4. Random fact about yourself? “I am an excellent maker of hand-made birthday cards”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“Getting to play outside every day!”

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“Don’t be afraid of a little bug damage! We don’t spray or use nasty chemicals, so imperfect veggies are totally normal. Embrace it!”

meet the farmers, laura

Laura

1. Favorite vegetable?
“Potatoes because I am an earth sign and I like things that are grounded.”

2. Favorite farm animal?
“Kiki & Frankie the cats. Kiki is my helper & Franks gives the best hugs!”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“Ever since I was little I wanted to be a farmer. I just followed my dreams and I’ve been farming for 5 years now.”

4.Random fact about yourself?
“I wake up smiling!”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“getting dirty & laughing with my friends! watching sunrises in the field are pretty spectacular, too.”

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“Even though it’s hard work, it’s worth the outcome.”

meet the farmers, chela

Chela

1. Favorite vegetable?
“Onions”

2. Favorite farm animal?
“Donkey. Christophene at HPF is a sweetheart!”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“I heard about HPF from another farmer, Laura, & applied while I was moving back to my hometown. I’ve been traveling the country for a few years working on farms during harvest season & in college studying sustainable practices in architecture & agriculture.”

4. Random fact about yourself?
“Last year, I was part of a free food kitchen called stockpot kitchen. we had a full-size school bus that was converted into a kitchen & pantry & we traveled the country feeding people wherever we stopped, focusing on areas with a high homeless population.”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“A fruitful harvest! It’s so gratifying to see your hard work come to fruition in a physical plant that can feed people.“

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“Consuming local produce is one way that you can be more sustainable!”

meet the farmers, robby

Robby

1. Favorite vegetable? “Peppers”

2. Favorite farm animal? “Cats, namely Carl.”

3. How did you end up at HPF?
“I am a horticulture student at College of DuPage. I saw working at HPF as a valuable learning experience.”

4. Random fact about yourself?
“I love cats.”

5. Favorite part about farming?
“I like working outdoors & being faced with unpredictable challenges.”

6. What should people know about local & organic farming?
“It’s often overlooked. I think it’s unfortunate that people buy vegetables from the stores that they could be buying fresh & locally.”

 

Our farm team works hard throughout the year to provide certified organic vegetables to our valued Community Supported Agriculture members, as well as local farmers’ markets, area restaurants and the Heritage Prairie Farm Store. As a four-seasons farm, we are able to provide a variety of vegetables to the community all year! If you have additional questions about organic farming or the vegetables we carry, please call our office at 630.443.5989 or send an email to info@heritageprairiefarm.com and we will put you in touch with our farm team.

 

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