About Frontera Farmer Foundation

A Frontera Farmer Foundation grant allowed Ellis Farmily Farm to purchase two pieces of equipment: a rototiller (which they call "our right hand piece of equipment") and a mulcher ("a blessing"). The Frontera Farmer Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with [...]

Announcing the 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Winners!


The renovation of a dilapidated hog barn, the creation of a mobile goat milking parlor and the purchase of a supercharged egg washing machine are just a few of the projects that will be funded in 2016 with grant money from the Frontera Farmer Foundation, a nonprofit started by Rick and Deann Bayless and the staffs […]

Auction Alert! Win an Epic James Beard Weekend Starring Rick Bayless


Each summer we throw a huge benefit dinner for our Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports sustainable farms throughout the Midwest. It’s a night full of thrilling raffles, auctions and incredible food. This year, we’re getting the party started early with a special online auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime prizes. Bidding begins 8 a.m. Feb. 24 and ends […]

Bid on Our Online Auction, Win Amazing Prizes and Help Midwest Family Farmers


Starting today, you can help us celebrate the delicious craft (and ensure the livelihoods) of hardworking Midwestern family farmers by participating in our online auction to benefit our Frontera Farmer Foundation. Here’s the link to the auction page. We have some truly amazing prizes up for auction, including a private cooking demo for 14 hosted by […]

Deadline Looms for Frontera Farm Foundation Grants

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Midwestern farmers are encouraged to apply for the Frontera Farm Foundation’s annual round of grant funding, which sends up to $12,000 to a handful of local farms serving the Chicago area. The deadline to apply for 2015 grants is March 1. Applicants will need to submit, via email or U.S. Postal Service, an application detailing […]

Dinner Like No Other 2015: Tickets on Sale Now!

Chef Rick Bayless will once again host the annual Dinner Like No Other, our signature fundraising event for the Frontera Farmer Foundation. The 2015 event takes place June 14 at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, where Rick and his staff will create six never-before-seen courses featuring early summer produce, meat and fish sourced exclusively from local […]

Donate to the FFF

The Frontera Farmer Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with capital development grants. The Foundation envisions a year-round interchange between sustainable farmers and consumers, including farmers’ market patrons and chefs, in which seasonal local agriculture provides the foundation for sustainable regional cuisine. We [...]

FoodTank Says We’re Cooking Change Outside the Kitchen

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We’re in great company. FoodTank, a website that advocates for “environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty,” has credited Rick Bayless and the Frontera Farmer Foundation as one of 24 chefs who are affecting change within the food system. And wouldn’t you know it, right now the Frontera Farmer Foundation is […]

Grant Applications

  The grant-giving period for 2016 has closed. (Here are the winners!) The foundation is expected to announce the application process for 2016-2017 later this year, likely in fall. The Frontera Farmer Foundation is committed to promoting small, sustainable Midwestern farms serving the Chicago area, by providing them with capital development grants. Small local farms, […]

Meet the FFF Farmers

We've now made it easier for you to support the FFF farmers. Use the dropdown menu below to find information on all farmers the foundation has funded recently.  In each section you'll find the names and locations of the farms, along with links to their websites where you can learn much more, like how and [...]

Why Support Organic Farming?

The nation is losing some of its best farmland. Nearly four million acres of irrigated land are lost each year because fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional agriculture choke irrigated soils with salt, costing some $11 billion in reduced productivity annually.1 In Illinois, we lost 160,900 acres during 1992-1997—a 137% increase in the rate of loss over […]