Founded in 1994, Liberty Prairie Foundation is a non-profit organization located in the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. We seek to demonstrate and foster ways for people and nature to thrive together. We have done so in many ways but have given particular attention to advancing soil-rejuvenating and life-sustaining agriculture in northeastern Illinois. Our programs and initiatives have emphasized the connection between farming, food, conservation, and healthy communities. Our ownership and management of a 94-acre organic farm in Prairie Crossing has been the foundation of much of our programs. It has given us the opportunity to develop ideas and farming systems in the real world with real people. Click here to learn more.
Staff (Northeast Illinois FarmLink)
Since 2014 Nathan has led the Liberty Prairie Foundation’s land access initiatives, culminating in the launch of the Northeast Illinois FarmLink program and website. Nathan is passionate about the future of regenerative agriculture, which has the potential to change so much in humanity’s relationship with nature and to improve public health. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nathan served Conserve Lake County as its director of development as well as Friends of the Chicago River, an urban river restoration group. In his earlier business career, he worked for Mitsubishi International’s Chicago Branch, where, among other things, he managed the export of Winnebago motorhomes to Japan. A native of Chicago, Nathan and his family have lived in the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake since 2004. He enjoys landscaping with native plants and is working to restore a hops garden at the Prairie Crossing Farm.
Jeanne runs the Northeast Illinois FarmLink website and produces our monthly land access newsletter. She also provides advice to farmers and landowners as they navigate their search for land or a farmer. Prior to joining Liberty Prairie Foundation, Jeanne spent five seasons farming at various small-scale operations around the country. Most recently she worked at a full-diet CSA farm in upstate New York and a pasture-raised livestock farm in Kankakee. Since moving back to the Midwest, she helped launch the Northern Illinois Young Farmers (NIYF) chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which aims to connect and charge the community of farmers and food advocates that currently exist throughout the urban, suburban, and rural landscape of northern Illinois. As FarmLink Coordinator, her vision is to see more farmers and more landowners working together to ensure farming remains a viable profession for future generations. Reach out to Jeanne with any of your farmland access needs!
Food:Land:Opportunity - Localizing the Chicago Foodshed has provided very generous financial support that has made our work and this website possible. Food:Land:Opportunity aims to create a resilient local food economy that protects and conserves land and other natural resources while promoting market innovation and building wealth and assets in the Chicago region's communities. Funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Food:Land:Opportunity is a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.