Dec 9

    Holiday Luncheon Featuring Colleen Callahan, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    Please join us for our special Holiday Luncheon Featuring Colleen Callahan, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on December 9th at the Union League Club of Chicago.

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    Jan 13

    January Luncheon | Landlord Bootcamp

    Please join us on January 13th as we welcome Jami Cox, managing partner for AgAware, and Jennifer Filipiak, Executive Director for the Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC), who will provide a "Landlord Bootcamp" for the Chicago Farmers.

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    WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO FARMERS!

    Thank you to all who attended the October luncheon at Discovery Partners Institute where we welcomed Angelica Carmen, Sustainability Specialist at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, who shared the story of Fairway Farms and the Golf Course's newly implemented Farm to Table and sustainable initatives. Please join us for our next luncheon on November 18th where we will hear the "State of the Port" from Clayton Harris III, Executive Director for the Illinois International Port District. Join us by registering today!

     

    sustainable farm shares space
    with a Golf Course

    The ping of a golf club head striking against a golf ball and the yell “fore” are not sounds usually associated with a farm, but if you are involved in Fairway Farms in Lemont, Illinois, they are common noises that Angelica Carmen, the farm’s manager and Sustainability Specialist, says come with her work location. Angelica was the guest speaker at Chicago Farmers’ October 21, 2019 meeting.

    Angelica manages and developed the farm that is located on the site of a former gravel parking lot at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont and backs up to one of the four golf courses that have made Cog Hill famous among avid and pro golfers. The two-year-old sustainable farm boasts 4,500 square feet of planting space, 25 raised beds growing 100 different varieties of heirloom plants and edible flowers that are used in Cog Hill’s banquet facilities, 12 beehives (apiary) whose honey is sold to the community, a pumpkin patch, and a closed-loop composting program that uses kitchen waste mixed with garden refuse to create fertile compost that is used on the farm and, at the same time, mitigates methane-producing landfill waste.  “In the 2.5 years it has been in operation, the farm has diverted over 7,500 pounds of kitchen waste from landfills,” said a proud Angelica.

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