Liberty Prairie Foundation

Founded in 1994, Liberty Prairie Foundation is a non-profit organization located in the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. We seek to demonstrate and foster ways for people and nature to thrive together. We have done so in many ways but have given particular attention to advancing soil-rejuvenating and life-sustaining agriculture in northeastern Illinois. Our programs and initiatives have emphasized the connection between farming, food, conservation, and healthy communities. Our ownership and management of a 94-acre organic farm in Prairie Crossing has been the foundation of much of our programs. It has given us the opportunity to develop ideas and farming systems in the real world with real people. Click here to learn more.

Staff (Northeast Illinois FarmLink)

Nathan Aaberg

Nathan Aaberg, Director, Conservation and Working Lands | nathan@libertyprairie.org

Since 2014 Nathan has led the Liberty Prairie Foundation’s land access initiatives, culminating in the launch of the Northeast Illinois FarmLink program and website. Nathan is passionate about the future of regenerative agriculture, which has the potential to change so much in humanity’s relationship with nature and to improve public health. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nathan served Conserve Lake County as its director of development as well as Friends of the Chicago River, an urban river restoration group. In his earlier business career, he worked for Mitsubishi International’s Chicago Branch, where, among other things, he managed the export of Winnebago motorhomes to Japan. A native of Chicago, Nathan and his family have lived in the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake since 2004. He enjoys landscaping with native plants and is working to restore a hops garden at the Prairie Crossing Farm.

 

Jim Kurczodyna

Jim Kurczodyna, FarmLink Coordinator, Liberty Prairie Foundation | jim@libertyprairie.org

Jim runs the Northeast Illinois FarmLink website and produces our monthly land access newsletter. He also provides advice to farmers and landowners as they navigate their search for land or a farmer. As FarmLink Coordinator, his vision is to see more farmers and more landowners partnering together around farming enterprises that are mutually rewarding. Jim transitioned from his construction career and left his suburban roots in 2019 with a life goal of contributing to the movement to build an agriculture that produces healthy food and rejuvenates the health of the land. He and his family now own a small farm in McHenry County where they are starting their own farm business - From Scratch Farmstead. This firsthand experience gives Jim insight to the hurdles and difficult decisions faced in the land search process. He has taken Stateline Farm Beginnings, a Permaculture Design Course, and worked on a diversified family farm in Wisconsin. Reach out to Jim with any of your farmland access needs!

Partners

Food:Land:Opportunity

Food:Land:Opportunity - Localizing the Chicago Foodshed has provided very generous financial support that has made our work and this website possible. Food:Land:Opportunity aims to create a resilient local food economy that protects and conserves land and other natural resources while promoting market innovation and building wealth and assets in the Chicago region's communities. Funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Food:Land:Opportunity is a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

We are grateful to partner with other organizations doing important work in agriculture and conservation in the region.