Local Food & Small Farms

Growing local food in healthy soil is a year-round investment.

Farming is not a one-season job. Growing food for the community is a year-round investment. Managing the soil to grow healthy, nutritious food with fewer inputs requires knowledge and experience. Illinois Extension recognizes that your livelihood is in the soil. Illinois Extension provides research-based education to support your sustainable practices in the field. Working together, we can create healthy soil that grows healthy plants so you have one less worry during the 4 AM harvest for Saturday morning market.

Flowers, Fruits, & Frass Blog


If you're looking for a casual read or seeking an answer to an important garden question, the educational information found in our blog will deliver the answers you need to grow a garden confidently.

Connect to nature with the Master Naturalists

University of Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists want to share their passion for our local parks and preserves with you.

We are here to help.