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The Conservation Foundation: Growing Food and Growing Connection

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a whole new focus on local food.  Thanks to Lenore McDonald’s McDonald Farmland donation, the hard work of our farm crew, and the support of our members and donors, our Green Earth Harvest organic farming program was able to meet this demand and feed more than 600 local families during the 2020 growing season. View video HERE.

As many of our Green Earth Harvest shareholders and farmstand patrons have shared with us, they may come to McDonald Farm to pick up vegetables, but they leave with a whole lot more.  From u-pick days to organic meat and egg vendors to distanced pizza nights to peaceful scenery and room to explore, picking up vegetables has become a true experience, nourishing to both body and soul at a time when we all need it!

In this season of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for the gift of McDonald Farm and the support of our members and donors, and all we have been able to grow because of those gifts.

Healthy food grown in a sustainable way means healthy bodies, preserved traditions, and thriving communities.

Your gift to the Strengthening Our Foundation $75K Challenge will enable us to safely grow and distribute even more healthy organic food to the local community, while also connecting people to the land and each other.

If we can raise $75,000 of new, or additional, money by the end of the year, the Hamill Family Foundation will match that $75,000, doubling your donation and the impact we can have together.


Next Gen Advisory Council – Apply Now!

The Conservation Foundation’s Next Gen Advisory Council engages a younger and more diverse demographic fostering future leadership who bring fresh and new perspectives to our organization while advancing our mission and helping us further understand the needs of the communities we serve.

We are looking for about ten more individuals between the ages of 25 and 40 or so to join the council with some geographic and other diversity across our four-county main service region of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties.  Click on the button below to apply. Click here for a little more info.


Upcoming Webinars:

Hunters of the Night Owl Webinar On Wednesday, December 2nd, 1pm

Crawling, Flying, and Digging in Your Yard–Our Six-Legged Friends On Wednesday, December 9th, 1pm

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