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Hendrick House Farm, part of Hendrick House, is dedicated to producing quality products for our customers using organic practices within Champaign county. Our farm promotes community outreach with our partnerships, Champaign Urbana School Foundation, The Land Connection, SYEP, CARE4U, Unit 4 and Urbana Schools, University of Illinois Extension and Parkland College through our commitment to educating and promoting youth development and community awareness with regard to healthy eating and sustainable agricultural.
Our farming operations include a 10 acre farm and a garden on the rooftop of Hendrick House. Through our farm, we provide seasonal organic produce to the residents of Hendrick House, those dining in Hendrick House contracted dining services locations, those eating at our Betsy’s Bistro locations and the local community through our community supported agriculture program.
Our farm is a working farm where we are caring for live animals and growing some incredible organic produce.
Ann has two rescue pigs, Jude and FreeBee, that participate in our outreach and community programs. Jude even has his own Instagram account.
Ann has a duck named Willie. He loves people.
Julie Anders, our partner with CUSF, raises a wide variety of hens and roosters at Fowler Farm.
We are growing a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits on the farm. Checkout a small sampling of what we are harvesting this season.
Purple cauliflower’s brilliant purple heads are a great draw at farm stands and excellent for CSAs and restaurants. The colorful florets are attractive served raw with dip or as a cooked vegetable. The color is due to the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine.
The Chioggia beet (pronounced kee-OH-gee-uh), also known as the candy cane or candy stripe beet, hails from Northern Italy and became popular in the 19th century. It’s most notable for its striking deep pink and white spirals, and the beet adds a beautiful pop of color to salads and soups.
Purple Haze is the first imperator-shaped purple carrot. Purple is a very trendy color and gourmet chefs are always looking for a new vegetable color. Purple Haze has a purple exterior and orange interior and has a sweet flavor. Circles of cut Purple Haze carrots have two distinct colors: a halo of purple with a bright orange center.
This delicious blue-green kale selection has a compact habit which is suitable for whole-plant harvests. A heavy yielder when harvested traditionally, picked from the outer leaves, the uniform plants resist yellowing and retain their superb texture and flavor for a long time in the garden.
Romaine lettuce, also known as Cos lettuce, has long, broad, upright leaves that hold themselves bunched together as they mature. The outer leaves can also be used in salads, as a tortilla substitute for wraps, and are delicious grilled. Romaine lettuce is crisp and juicy, with a sweetness unmatched by other lettuce types.
Hendrick House Farm is proud to offer a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. In our program, customers (members) “buy in” to the farm, paying an upfront cost for weekly or every other week fresh boxed vegetables over a 20 week period, June through October during the peak farm season.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the waiting list for the upcoming season.
In 2018, we hosted Edison Middle School STEM camp with Julie Anders (Science teacher) leading the workshops. We held a 2019 Spring Workshop. Fowler Farm open house in the fall.
In 2017, we started providing summer youth workshops. Hendrick House Farm currently hosts five to six during the summer months organized and led by Ann Swanson, Hendrick House Farm Director. The children who attend participate in activities that bring them closer to their food source. We also use our animals to talk about their different roles on the farm and sustainability (they eat our company’s food waste).
Hendrick House donates to many fundraising events hosted by The Land Connection. The farm has also donated supplies to help sponsor their youth education events at the Champaign Farmer’s Market.
This is the second year our farm has been working with these programs. Hendrick House works with the community youth providing hands on job training throughout the summer.
In 2018 and 2019, we have helped local boy scouts do their Eagle Scout Projects for Hendrick House Farm and CUSF.
We work with both to help them to promote healthy living through farm fresh produce. Our CSAs were launched through their companies.
If you have any questions regarding Hendrick House, the Hendrick House farm, our amenities & services, our dining options or anything else, please feel free to contact us.