Our FIND YOUR ROUTE search tool helps farmers in the Chicago foodshed find  programs and services 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 PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS.

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

— WHO WE ARE —

FARMERS

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

EDUCATORS

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

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ORGANIZATIONS

Our partner organizations connect farmers to training, markets, resources and other opportunities.

— PARTNERS —

 

Center For Agrarian Learning

Supporting the future food economy.

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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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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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Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) is a coalition of urban farms, community and school gardens, individuals and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago region. Formed in 2002, AUA’s community includes more than 2,300 members throughout the Chicago area and beyond.

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Illinois Stewardship Alliance cultivates a local food and farm system that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just.

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Upper Midwest CRAFT

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

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Pembroke Farming Family

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