Establishment of an Organic, Sustainable Small-Scale Farm Producing Livestock (Goats/Chickens) and Vegetables for Niche Markets in Chicago

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,991.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: cucurbits, peppers, tomatoes
  • Animals: goats


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, grazing - continuous, free-range, grazing management, livestock breeding, manure management
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, farm-to-institution
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: biological control, physical control
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture, transitioning to organic, integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: green manures, soil analysis, composting, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: leadership development, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    The project will be established in Pembroke Township where many newcomers have purchased small acreage (5-20 acres) and are usually inquisitive on how to start a farming enterprise. The project will become a showcase to residents and potential farmers, as well as student interns of organic agriculture, and 4-H youth.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.