Our FIND YOUR ROUTE search tool helps farmers serving the Chicago foodshed and prospective farmers find farmer-led services and programs to meet the needs of their growing farm businesses.


Connect and network with farmers and agricultural experts from across the Chicagoland region with help from our dedicated FARMER ALLIANCES.


Browse our ever-growing RESOURCES portal for articles and videos covering everything from growing organic vegetables to raising livestock on pasture.




Routes to Farm partners with farmers of all experience levels and interests.



We work with specialists on a broad range of agricultural issues, including business management, land procurement, distribution and more.


Our partner organizations and Farmer Alliances help connect individual farmers to programs, resources and other opportunities.



Liberty Prairie Foundation

The Liberty Prairie Foundation 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’s Farm Business Development Center prepares beginning farmers to meet the demand for locally grown organic food in the Chicago region.

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Southwest Badger

Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working in the Southwest Wisconsin region. The organization’s mission is to implement natural resource conservation, managed growth, and sustainable rural economic development in the area through education and implementation of best practices relating to agriculture, grasslands, forests, and surface waters.

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Angelic Organics Learning Center

building sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people

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The Land Connection

The Land Connection trains farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques; informs the public about the sources of our food and why that matters; and works to protect and enhance farmland so that we, and generations to come, will have clean air and water, fertile soil, and healthy, delicious food.

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This Old Farm Alliance

This Old Farm’s mission is to support the family farm by processing, marketing, and distributing locally raised, wholesome meat, produce, and value-added food. The true cost of production takes into account the environment, sustainable farm wages, and value to the customer.

With nearly 200 members in our Alliance, we’re making ethically-grown food a reality.

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Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition

Band of Farmers is a coalition of CSA farms serving the greater Chicago area to collaborate on educating consumers about local foods in general and the CSA model in particular.

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Illinois Organic Growers Association

The Illinois Organic Growers Association (IOGA) supports education and networking exchange among farmers interested in organic and sustainable production methods.

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Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Illinois Stewardship Alliance promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just, local food systems through policy development, advocacy, and education.

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Upper Midwest CRAFT

CRAFT creates learning opportunities for farmers through the diverse talents of our local community of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farms.

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FairShare CSA Coalition

Connecting and supporting CSA farmers and eaters for more than 20 years, we work to strengthen connections and provide resources that help people access CSA shares. Together with our farms, the Coalition works to set a high bar for quality member communication and meaningful connections to farms, farmers and food.

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Pembroke Farming Family

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