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Check out Prairie Crossing farm open house, plant sale

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  • Fun for all ages is planned on Saturday, May 18, at the Prairie Crossing farm in Grayslake.

    Fun for all ages is planned on Saturday, May 18, at the Prairie Crossing farm in Grayslake.
    Courtesy Liberty Prairie Foundation

By Erin Cummisford
Liberty Prairie Foundation

Prairie Crossing subdivision's farm will host an open house and organic plant sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Visitors may purchase organic plants, meet the farmers, visit the chickens and baby goats, and support the farmers growing local food in Grayslake.

A special children's farm scavenger hunt will also be offered. Information will be available about educational programming, including children's farm camps, suburban homesteading workshops and the Prairie Farm Corps youth development program.

Why are there so many farmers at Prairie Crossing farm?

The Farm Business Development Center is a program of the Liberty Prairie Foundation, which supports development of successful family farm enterprises. The FBDC has become a national model for launching beginning farmers.

This program allows new organic farmers to cultivate their farming skills and business acumen on a small acreage. Farmers then gradually scale up to serve the local food needs of the region, focusing on the production and marketing of organic foods.

Prairie Crossing's farm is at 32400 N. Harris Road in Grayslake. Free event parking will be along the side of Harris Road.

Liberty Prairie Foundation is celebrating its 20th year of developing a sustainable local food system, and is nationally recognized as a leader in developing and supporting enterprises that build and strengthen our local food system while enhancing the natural landscape.

The foundation provides leadership and financial support for local food system development, social entrepreneurship, land conservation, environmental education, and civic engagement.