Food Forest Learning Tour


Time: 9:30-1:00

Location: 560 Harris Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030

Price $10 - lunch included!…

This half-day learning session and field walk will give landowners and farmers insights into the theory and realities of the food forest. (The food forest is an agroforestry practice that involves  the planting of diverse fruit-and-nut-bearing trees, shrubs, and other vegetation in a way that mimics the ecology of a natural forest.)

The Savanna Institute, Prairie Wind Family Farm, and the Liberty Prairie Foundation will hold this event at the Foundation’s 94-acre acre farm in Grayslake in the Prairie Crossing conservation community. 

In 2019, with multiple goals in mind, Prairie Wind Family Farm designed and planted a food forest on six of the 33 acres that they rent from the Foundation. This food forest is still in the early stages of its growth and development, but it includes chestnuts, pawpaws, hazelnuts, elderberries, and other food-bearing trees and shrubs in a planting pattern tailored to the topography of the site. This is an experimental, long-term venture for Jeff and Jen Miller of Prairie Wind Family Farm as their primary business is growing organic vegetables for sale through a thriving year-round CSA and farmstand. 

In addition to its partnership with Prairie Wind Family Farm, the Liberty Prairie Foundation makes available its farmland for other farm businesses, trial projects, and experiential education while managing the farm as a whole with conservation in mind. The Foundation’s farm is located within the innovative Prairie Crossing conservation community that includes extensive natural habitat and an “Edible Landscape.”

The Savanna Institute staff will bring the Institute’s expertise in agroforestry to the event and share information and lessons from other food forest projects as well.  The Institute works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption in the Midwest through research, education, and outreach. 

(This is a walking tour that will travel about 1.5 miles in total. Lunch will be provided. This event will go forward rain or shine.)