Volunteers help Kline Creek Farm get ready for winter

  • Nathan Skoric, 7, of Bartlett carries an armload of feed corn he just picked Saturday at the Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago.

    Nathan Skoric, 7, of Bartlett carries an armload of feed corn he just picked Saturday at the Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • People gather near a wagon to fill it with freshly picked feed corn Saturday at the Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago.

    People gather near a wagon to fill it with freshly picked feed corn Saturday at the Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/21/2017 4:51 PM

Do you remember Tom Sawyer and how he convinced other kids that helping him whitewash a fence would really, really be fun?

The folks at Kline Creek Farm do, and that's why they invited volunteers to come out Saturday -- and again on Sunday -- to spend a few hours helping harvest feed corn at the 1890s living-history facility at 1N600 County Farm Road near West Chicago.

 

The corn collected this weekend will be used as feed for the sheep, horses, cows, turkeys and chickens who make the farm, operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, home.

Volunteers are helping harvest roughly two acres and the ears are near the base of the stalks for easy picking. Volunteers simply pop the ears off each stalk and then toss them into a wagon for husking.

The picked corn will be left in a corn crib to dry before it'll be shelled and then ground for use as feed for the farm's livestock.

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