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Meet the FFF Farmers

fff_logoYour contributions make a huge difference. Wanna see how they help? 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 where to buy their products. We encourage you to seek out these farmers and support them throughout the year. It’s a win-win situation.

Bob’s Fresh and Local
Elmhurst, IL

Project: New planting and weeding equipment to accommodate sales for CSA shares and an on-farm store.

Butternut Sustainable Farms
Sturgis, MI

Project: A new hoop house for additional space to grow heirloom and cherry tomatoes, two of the farm’s most important and profitable crops.

Endless Greens
Evanston, IL

Project: Installation of solar panels to power and heat an urban farm, with the goal of going off the power grid completely and making Endless Greens a truly sustainable farm.

Dorothy’s Grange
Blanchardville, WI
Project: Restoration of a dilapidated hog barn, which will help the piglet survival rate and expand the availability of  endangered Large Black hogs and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.

Faith’s Farm
Bonfield, IL

Project: Portable housing for rabbits that live and forage naturally on pasture.

Frillman Farms
Prairie View, IL

Project: Construction of  a modest washhouse for vegetable preparation and packaging.

Gravel Road Farm
Waupauca, WI

Project:  Construction of a new packing shed, where all produce will be cleaned, packed, and stored, and where  washing equipment, coolers and CSA boxes will kept.

Gretta’s Goats
Pecatonia, IL

Project: A mobile goat milking parlor to aid this micro dairy in  producing farmstead cheese and other dairy products from sustainably raised goats.

Heartland Meats
Mendota, IL

Project: Equipment to make beef stock from bones and end-of-day produce from farmers’ market vendors.

Mint Creek
Stelle, IL

Project: Chicken housing for winter and a new egg washing machine capable of washing 1000 eggs in an hour, rather than the 120 eggs per hour done by hand. Together, the projects are expected to enable the expansion of the farm’s flock of laying hens from 750 to 5000 birds.

Midnight Sun Farm
Harvard, IL

Project: Purchase of specialized farm equipment — seeder, transplanter and irrigation tools — that will help the farm make the leap from managing four acres of vegetable production to managing 20 acres.

Kinnikinnick Farm
Caledonia, IL

Project: Purchasing a manure spreader for better on-farm nutrient recycling and improved feed quality.

Olden Produce
Ripon, WI

Project: Building a new cold storage, indoor loading and processing shed and retrofitting two greenhouses with solar heat storage.

Sin Fronteras
Minneapolis, MN

Project: Renovating a trailer for on-farm refrigeration, upgrading transportation and purchasing landscape fabric and low tunnels.

Terripin Farms
Fowler, IL

Project: Construction of two high tunnels for the early production of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and carrots, and winter production of leafy greens, brassicas, and root crops.

Trogg’s Hollow
Poplar Grove, IL

Project: Construction of a high tunnel on the southern edge of our grape arbor and goat paddock that will allow for both season extension and early growing of certain crops — and to help support the farm’s CSA and market farm business

Turnip Rock
Clear Lake, WI

Project: Construction of an addition the farm’s existing bedding pack barn, allowing the farm to increase cow carrying capacity, cow comfort, and cleanliness.

The Urban Canopy
Chicago, IL

Project:  Purchase of compost and topsoil that will double the urban farm’s growing capacity, increasing access to greens, vegetable, winter storage crops and other fresh produce.

AR Lowlines Grassfed
Waynesville, IL

Project: Automated system to move grain from mill to sifter, new surge bin and gravity table

Hazzard Free Farm Grains & Beans
Pecatonica, IL

Project: Increase quality and efficiency with the installation of larger scale handling and cleaning equipment.

 

Nami Moon Farms
Custer, WI

Project: Purchasing equipment needed to produce, store and grind feed components for fresher, more nutrient-dense feed for our animals.

Nordic Creamery
Westby, WI

Project: Construction of a new goat shed.

Stoney Acres Farm
Athens, WI

Project: Purchase of a vacuum seeder to improve efficiency, lower cost of production, and improving capacity for winter vegetable access in Central Wisconsin, with specific focus on rural grocery and winter farmers market and farm-to-school sales

The Wright Way Farm
Beloit, WI

Project: Purchase of a vegetable transplanter.

Gretta’s Goats
Pecatonica, IL

Project: Establishing a microdairy capable of producing farmstead cheese and other dairy products from sustainably raised goats.

Tomato Mountain Farm
Brooklyn, WI

Project: Purchase of a less damaging tiller.

Breslin Farms
Ottawa, IL

Project: Dried bean cleaning and handling equipment. 

Chicago Patchwork Farms
Chicago, IL

Project: Installation of solar panels to power their upstart urban farm.  

Double B Farm
Beloit, WI

Project: Purchase of an all-season tractor for their livestock farm.

Driftless Organics Sunray Seed Company
Soldiers Grove, WI

Project: Installation of a 60’x70’ cement floor for an on-farm sunflower seed cleaning operation, increasing g their ability to produce sunflower oil, a cooking oil native to our region.   

Grass Roots Farm
Monroe, WI

Project: Expansion, upgrade and completion of a packing shed (made possible by a 2010 FFF grant).

Knutson’s Country Harvest
Newark, IL

Project: Purchase of a walk-in freezer/cooler.

Mike and Clare’s Farm
Harvard, IL

Project: Construction of a packing shed — built from a repurposed 40’ steel shipping container — with cold storage, dry storage and hydro-cooling capabilities.

Peasants Plot
Manteno, IL

Project: Purchase of a walk-in cooler.

Richert/Phillips Farm
North Liberty, IN

Project: Hillside cultivator and wood-fired greenhouse furnace. 

Staff of Life Farm
Dwight, IL

Project: Installation of a gravel-filter pond water system to help solve the farm’s water shortage problem and will provide water for their livestock and irrigation of their pastures.

The Wright Way Farm
Beloit, WI

Project: Purchase of a truck and delivery trailer to deliver more to their markets and customers. 

Walnut Acres Family Farm
Walnut, IL

Project: On-farm, small scale, chicken processing facility. 

Bekkum Family Farms
Westby, WI

Project: Funded a full barn renovation.

Big Head Farm, INC.
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Purchased additional vehicle to transport apples and cider to Chicago markets.

Blue Heron Farms
Millersburg, IN

Project: Expanded rotational, pasture-based hog operation by purchasing the whey tanks to fully integrate whey feeding into our system, and by purchasing portable sow houses to keep sows year-round and have full control over our hog operation, from birth to butcher.

Breslin Farms
Ottawa, IL

Project: Purchased and installed on-farm seed cleaner and grain conveyor.

Broad Branch Farms
Wyoming, IL

Project: Streamlined work processing area – a bigger cooler, more storage, easier loading out of the farm’s food onto the delivery truck, an overall better flow of activity minimizing time and energy.

Coulee View Family Farms
Wauzeka, WI

Project: Built perimeter fencing for farmland.

Double B Farm
Beloit, WI

Project: Purchased a 2013 featherlite stock trailer to better transport livestock for processing.

Ellis Family Farms
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Purchased and developed cooling system.

Fat Blossom Farm
Allegan, MI

Project: Utilized grant money for the production of heirloom and rare vegetables.

Four Friends Farms
Hebron, IL

Project: Equipment to improve oil quality.

Fox Prairie Farm Boer Meat Goats
Hampshire, IL

Project: Launching a startup chicken and egg farm.

Midnight Sun Farm
Harvard, IL

Project: Improved farm operations and capacity by purchasing size-appropriate tools including a manure spreader and irrigation gun.

Molter Family Orchards
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Built out existing barn and constructed on on-site cooler to effectively store crops.

Moonsong Farm, LLC and Dancing Stars Diary, LLC
Brodhead, WI

Project: Purchased a new tractor for farm operations.

Nami Moon Farms
Custer, WI

Project: Built dedicated structure for raising ducks, chickens and turkeys and a 100 gallon waterer for birds.

Natures Choice Farm
Grant Park, IL

Project: Built a structure to house on-farm store front, egg washing station and freezer storage.

Radical Root
Libertyville, IL

Project: Built a new washing, packing and cooling facility.

Seedling
South Haven, MI

Project: Built a new hoop house for growing figs.

Sweet Beginnings
Chicago, IL

Project: Purchased 20 fully equipped beehives.

Tomato Mountain Farm
Brooklyn, WI

Project: Purchased a barrel washer and storage bins to clean, process and store harvested crops.

Van Laar’s Fruit Farm
Capron, IL

Project: Built a new water well.

Montalbano Farms
Plano, IL

Project: Implemented a new irrigation system.

Radical Root
Grayslake, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor and tiller.

Wild Goose Farm
Grayslake, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor, cultivator, and chisel plow.

Windy Knoll Produce
Chenoa, IL

Project: Built a low tunnel irrigation system.

Big Head Farm
South Haven, MI

Project: Purchased a transplanter, mulch layer and mulch lifter.

Hazzard Free Farm
Pecatonica, IL

Project: Purchased a food grade oat roller.

Staff of Life Farms
Dwight, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor, cultivator, and chisel plow.

Harrison Market Gardens
Winnebago, IL

Project: Purchased a Buddingh bed maker, tractor and basket weeder to improve the farm’s overall growing system.

Johnson Creek Honey
Mount Carroll, IL

Project: Purchased a movable honey extraction house and honey making equipment.

Mike & Clare’s Farm
Harvard, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Coulee View Family Farm
Wauzeka, WI

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Faith’s Farm
Bonfield, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor, mower and round hay baler.

Iron Creek Farm
La Porte, IN

Project: Purchased and installed deer fencing.

Harrison Market Gardens
Winnebago, IL

Project: Built a pack shed, work porches, walk-in cooler and installed a concrete floor.

Nature’s Choice Farm
Grant Park, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Montalbano Farms
Plano, IL

Project: Purchased a walk-in cooler, shelving, FDA-approved pallets, temperature/humidity monitor and installed a new cooler and condenser.

Wellhausen Farms
Wheaton, IL

Project: Built a new livestock fence.

Knutson’s Country Harvest
Newark, IL

Project: Made greenhouse repairs, purchased a new heater and hydroponic system.

Aquaranch Industries
Flanagan, IL

Project: Constructed a geothermal heating system.

Broad Branch Farm
Wyoming, IL

Project: Purchased a refrigerated delivery truck.

C & D Family Farms
Knox, IN

Project: Purchased a box truck to transport more meat and eggs to Chicagoland markets.

Centennial Farm
Danforth, IL

Project: Constructed an orchard shed with a concrete floor and installed a refrigeration system.

Peasants’ Plot
Manteno, IL

Project: Purchased a cultivating tractor.

Iron Creek Farm
La Porte, IN

Project: Bought a mulcher/spreader for applying mulch, chicken litter and lime to soil.

Fat Blossom Farm
Allegan, MI

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Kismet Organics
Fennville, MI

Project: Installed irrigation system and compost mounds for growing raspberries, installed field drainage and purchased grease kit to convert waste grease to fuel.

Faith’s Farm
Bonfield, IL

Project: Purchased four Belted Galloway cows to aid in herd expansion.

South Pork Ranch LLC
Chatsworth, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Earth Harvest Farm LLC
Burlington, WI

Project: Built a washing shed for cleaning and processing vegetables post-harvest.

Van Laar’s Fruit Farm, LLC
Capron, IL

Project: Purchased two tractors, a four-bottom plow, disc, grain drill and plastic layering allowing 1200 additional apple/peach trees to be planted.  

Jordanal Farm
Argyle, IL

Project: Purchased six additional dairy cows to increase production on the farm’s budding cheese project.

Peasants’ Polt
Manteno, IL

Project: Purchased a commercial box truck.

Gibbs Family Garden
Plymouth, WI

Project: Purchased a cultivating tractor and a new larger hoophouse.

Grassroots Farm, LLC
Monroe, WI

Project: Built a two-story barn with a vegetable washing area, packing shed and walk-in cooler.

Fox Prairie Farm Boer Meat Goats
Hampshire, IL

Project: Purchased a trailer and chest freezer to transport more frozen goods to Farmer’s Markets.

Scotch Hill Farm
Brodhead, WI

Project: Purchased a vegetable crop tractor, vegetable seed planter and cultivator with mini-disks for mechanized weeding.

Nature’s Choice Farm
Grant Park, IL

Project: Purchased a walk-in freezer box, installed a refrigeration condenser/compressor and heavy duty storage bins to organize frozen foods.

Hillside Orchards
Berrien Springs, MI

Project: Purchased a 15 foot mower to help expose Chestnuts for easy harvest.

Walnut Acres Family Farm
Walnut, IL

Project: Purchased and repaired a shuttle bus for CSA deliveries.

Fairstream Farms
North Judson, IN

Project: Built three greenhouses allowing the farm to plant, grow and harvest crops more months out of the year.

Liberty Family Farm
Hart, MI

Project: Purchased a tractor.

Sweet Earth Organic Farm
Wauzeka, WI

Project: Purchased bluebell grapes and installed a water hydrant.

Lake Breeze Organics
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Built out cold storage and began perennial fruit planting.

Slagel Family Farm
Fairbury, IL

Project: Purchased 200 ducklings and an egg washing machine.

Ellis Family Farms
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Purchased a mulching mower and rotary tiller.

Richet/Phillips Farms
North Liberty, IN

Project: Purchased a Haygrove single bay tunnel and a washing/packing machine.

Lake Breeze Organics
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Built a greenhouse and purchased a Permaculture Windbreak.

Van Laar’s Fruit Farm, LLC
Capron, IL

Project: Began raspberry production and purchased a walk-in cooler.

Gary Comer Youth Center Rooftop Garden
Chicago, IL

Project: Purchased hand tool application.

Wellhausen Farms
Wheaton, IL

Project: Purchased two polytunnels and a bench warmer heating system.

Jordandal Farms
Verona, WI

Project: Expanded their herd of Jersey cows.

Scotch Hill Farm
Brodhead, WI

Project: Constructed a new well and waterline and purchased irrigation equipment.

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm
Ottawa, IL

Project: Purchased fencing, a paddock water system and predator resistant brooder boxes.

Teresa’s Fruits & Herbs
Eureka, IL  

Project: Purchased a single layer press, commercial freezer and high velocity fan.

Dea Dia Organics
Grayslake, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor, seeder and toolbar.

Genesis Growers
Saint Anne, IL         

Project: Built a processing line for crops including a washing area, cooler and packaging line.

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm
Ottawa, IL

Project: Purchased a walk-in freezer, price computing and labeling scale and MS Access database software.

Hillside Orchards
Berrien Springs, MI

Project: Purchased and installed a HI-Tunnel coverage system to boost production of cherries and other fruits.

Liberty Family Farms
Hart, MI

Project: Purchased a hen house and fencing.

Little Farm on the Prairie
Saunemin, IL   

Project: Purchased an egg washing machine.

Spence Farm
Fairbury, IL

Project: Purchased Iroquois corn seeds, corn crib wood, a flour mill and corn roaster.

Prairie Fruits Farm, LLC
Champaign, IL

Project: Built a commercial grade kitchen for producing preserves, chutneys, relishes and pickles from organic fruits and vegetables.

Liberty Family Farm
Hart, MI

Project: Purchased equipment and built a structure to expand grass fed lamb production.

Spence Farm
Fairbury, IL

Project: Purchased a crop cart, mulcher, maple syrup equipment and foundation for maple syrup building.

Pleasant Meadows
Fairbury, IL

Project: Built a structure for raising goats.

B&SRR Youth Center and Academy
St. Anne, IL

Project: Purchased farm implements for a tractor.

Sweet Earth Organic Farm
Wauzeka, WI

Project: Purchased a refrigerated truck.

Little Farm on the Prairie
Saunemin, IL   

Project: Purchased an egg washing machine.

Spence Farm
Fairbury, IL

Project: Purchased Iroquois corn seeds, corn crib wood, a flour mill and corn roaster.

B&SRR Youth Center and Academy
St. Anne, IL

Project: Purchased a tractor with a tiller and cultivator, seeds, tools and an irrigation system.

Sow Little Farm
Madison, WI

Project: Purchased one new tunnel and shade cloth for six existing tunnels.

Teresa’s Fruits & Herbs
Eureka, IL  

Project: Aronia juice startup.

Dickman’s Farm
Herscher, IL

Project: Purchased a market trailer with a commercial cooler.

Sandhill Organics
Grayslake, IL

Project: Purchased a hoop house.

Barbara’s Blueberry Batch & Little Kid’s Garden
Covert, MI

Project: Purchased a hoop house.

Hillside Orchards
Berrien Springs, MI

Project: Purchased and installed an irrigation well and trickle water lines.

Frank Farms
Berrien Center, MI

Project: Purchased a refrigerated truck.

Ma’s Organic Garden
Benton Harbor, MI

Project: Purchased a chicken coop, cooler for produce and underground lines for irrigation.

Paul Friday Farms
Coloma, MI

Project: Purchased a specialized narrow tractor.

Shirley Ramsey

Project: Purchased and built a well, irrigation system, corn-burning stove and hydroponic set-up.

Tomato Mountain
Brooklyn, WI

Project: Purchased a steam kettle and convection oven.

Renaissance Farm
Spring Green, WI

Project: Purchased an auger, filler, printer codes, labeler, infused oils and cap tightener for pesto.

Genesis Growers
Momence, IL

Project: Purchased a greenhouse.

Growing Home
Chicago, IL

Project: Purchased coolers.

White Yarrow Farm
Marcellus, MI

Project: Built a small barn and installed a water system for cows and chickens.

Blue Skies Berry Farm
Brooklyn, WI

Project: Purchased a cold frame, tractor bearings and washing shed.

Future Fruit Farm
Ridgeway, WI

Project: Purchased a cooler for storing fruit.

Good Earth Farms
Milladore, WI

Project: Purchased materials to construct a product shipping area.

Snug Haven
Belleville, WI

Project: Constructed a well and installed a water system.

Dickmans
Herscher, IL

Project: Built a chicken house on skids to increase production and purchased a modified trailer for transporting goods to farmer’s markets.

Heartland Meats
Mendota, IL

Project: Purchased a mobile cart for farmer’s markets.

Sustainable Greens Farms
Three Rivers, MI

Project: Purchased three high tunnel cold frames.

Garden To Be
Mount Horeb, WI

Project: Purchased a corn-burning furnace and bench to expand greenhouse production during winter months.

Shooting Star Farm
Mineral Point, WI

Project: Built two hoop houses and winterized a packing shed.

Snug Haven
Belleville, WI

Project: Purchased a spading machine, tiller and rainwater system.

Sow Little Farm
Madison, WI

Project: Purchased two hoop houses.

The documents below provides an overview of how the grant money raised by the foundation has been distributed. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has awarded about $2 million in grant money to Midwest family farms, the vast majority of which are still thriving. That’s an amazing statistic and one that demonstrates the impact that your generosity has made on small scale farms in the Midwest.

FFF GRANT RECIPIENT PROFILES:

 

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