The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm
Welcome to the Learning Farm
The Learning Farm leads a variety of outdoor farm-based education programs on a working organic farm. The mission of the Learning Farm is to educate and inspire people to value healthy food, land and community through experiences on our farm. We utilize three acres of land, several greenhouses, a children's garden, and a hen house as outdoor classrooms. Learning Farm programs rely on staff with expertise in agriculture and teaching.
The Learning Farm is a program of the Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the integration of healthy ecosystems and the vibrant human communities they support. The Learning Farm is located on the Foundation’s certified organic farm within the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois -- widely recognized for combining the preservation of open land with sustainable agriculture.
Learning Farm programs are held rain or shine and are scheduled primarily in the spring, summer, and fall to coincide with our growing season. Participants should come prepared with the following:
- Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather.
- Closed toe shoes.
- Sunscreen, even when overcast.
- Insect repellant, especially when mosquitoes are bad.
- Water bottle filled with water.
- Hat for protection from the sun.
- Rain gear, if needed.
In 2014, we will not be offering Farm Camp while we undergo facility renovations and explore partnerships with other organizations to develop a new, multi-faceted camp program. We thank you for your interest and encourage you to explore opportunities with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Prairie Farm Corps
Interested in healthy eating, youth development, sustainable agriculture? The Prairie Farm Corps is a paid job training program for racially and economically diverse teens from central Lake County, Illinois. Participants are involved in all aspects of a sustainable agriculture business from seed to market, with education built-in to the program.
- Prairie Farm Corps Featured on NBC 5 Chicago
- Crew Member Application - application for teens ages 15-18
- Crew Leader Application - application for youth ages 19-22
- Farm to Table Kitchen Lead information
Enjoy visiting the farm? The Learning Farm offers a variety of on-farm workshops for adults and family-friendly events at the Prairie Crossing Farm. Come learn about a variety of fun & educational topics. Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series events require advance registration, available online below:
- Farm Connections … Plant Sale & Open House – May 18 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Preserving the Harvest: Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series
- Growing and Using World Grains: Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series
- Small-Scale Composting: Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series
- Backyard Chickens: Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series
- Homemade Yogurt & Granola: Suburban Homesteading Adult Workshop Series
Tours & Off Farm Programs
Interested in bringing a group to the farm? The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm offers a variety of farm-based educational tours to complement classroom curriculum and demonstrate organic principles in action. Interested in bringing our chickens to your classroom? The Learning Farm offers a chicken-based off-farm program too, for groups located within 10 miles of the farm!
Want to grow your own vegetables? Rent a community garden plot at the Learning Farm! Gardeners are strongly encouraged to follow organic gardening practices and minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Limited community garden plots are available for the upcoming season. Please contact Linda Wiens at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and rental agreement.
The Learning Farm works very closely with students from the Montessori School of Lake Forest (grades 7 - 9). Students are engaged in on-farm lessons and work experiences that integrate agriculture with science, math, language, nutrition, social studies, and economics.
The Learning Farm is part of the overall Prairie Crossing Organic Farm. We are located at 32400 N. Harris Road in the Prairie Crossing community in Grayslake, Illinois - just west of Route 45, south of Route 120 and east of Route 137.
Despite what internet maps indicate, Harris Road does not connect to the farm from Route 120. Enter Prairie Crossing via Route 45 at Jones Point Road and follow the signs to the Farm. Parking is along the side of Harris Road between the first and second farm driveways, or in the small parking lot just past the Yellow Farm House.
Taking public transit? The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm is within walking distance of two Libertyville/Prairie Crossing Metra train stations.