Field trips to farms are fun for students and teachers, and provide great links to school garden programs and local food cafeteria programs. Imagine visiting the farm that is providing your school with milk, apples, or another Illinois product!
If you are seeking a farm to visit, the Illinois Farm Bureau is a great resource. Reach out to your county Ag Literacy Coordinator from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about the farms in your area. IATC also offers the ‘Adopt a Farmer’ program that links schools with local farmers.
In Northern Illinois, there is an educational farm that offers field trips and workshops for all ages: Angelic Organics Learning Center. Angelic Organics Learning Center is a member of the Illinois Farm to School Network.
Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation in Grayslake, Illinois. The foundation works to build and strengthen the local food system, while supporting healthy ecosystems and vibrant communities. Prairie Crossing Farm is the Headquarters for the foundation. The foundation offers many programs such as farm and youth development, leadership and financial support for sustainable local food system development, conservation and environmental education, and social entrepreneurship. Prairie Crossing Farm is an organic farm that is the source of the food used in the Prairie Farm Corps youth program. This is an interactive and educational program where young boys and girls can learn to plant, grow, harvest, and cook organic, locally procured food. The foundation also offers tours on its organic farm, and provides links to other nearby farms that also offer farm tours.