About Living Earth Farm
Living Earth Farm was opened in 2001 by Anne Patterson. The farm is two parcels six miles apart. Part of it is in the northeast corner of Fulton County Illinois and part is eighty acres in west Peoria County a couple of miles from the small town of Trivoli.
Anne grew up on a farm in central Illinois. She is a registered dietitian and former food consultant. Her attitude about food and how it is grown began to change after she completed culinary studies in 1996 at The School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, Colorado. After hearing Patrick Holden, Director, Soil Association, United Kingdom, she knew she wanted to be a part of the renaissance of organic farming. Anne wanted high quality organic produce for her family and believed others in the community may also want locally grown produce, grown by sustainable methods.
We pledge our farming, processing and marketing will:
- Reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers
- Reject the use of genetically modified organisms, chemically treated seeds, sewage sludge, synthetic toxic materials and irradiation
- Support agricultural market and infrastructures that enable small farms to thrive
- Maintain healthy soils by farming practices that include rotating crops annually, using compost, cover crops, green manures, and reducing tillage
- Conserve natural resources by reducing erosion and pollution of air, water, and soil through responsible farming practices
- Reduce the food miles by selling produce locally and regionally
- Create beneficial habitats for wildlife and encourage bio-diversity
- Work with other farmers and the community to create a more sustainable way of life
- Sustain the land in healthy conditions for future generations
Grown to Protect Your Health and Environment
Living Earth Farm is committed to a system of agriculture which strives for a balance with nature, using methods and materials which are low impact to the environment. We never use genetically engineered seed, or synthetic pesticides and herbicides. We use crop rotations, cover crops, companion plants and follow a soil building plan.
"Lettuce is like conversation. It must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it." Charles Dudley Warner
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