Fresh Products from Mother Carr's Farm at Vernon Park Church of God
About our CSAs
A “CSA” is be a Congregation-Supported Agriculture farm in which members purchase “shares” in the project, get to know the farmers, and regularly receive a box of fresh produce in return. Faith in Place’s partner CSAs commit to donate at least 10% of the harvest to a local food pantry.
Faith in Place has been instrumental in establishing and supporting six CSAs across Illinois:
Sola Gratia Farm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Urbana
Mother Carr’s Farm at Vernon Park Church of God in Lynnwood
Jubilee Farm (United Church of Christ) in Clinton
First Fruits Homestead in Charleston, Rehoboth Blueberry Farm in Pembroke
Hungry World Farm (Willow Springs Mennonite Church) in Tiskilwa, IL.
Connected by Faith in Place, these racially and culturally diverse congregations regularly share understanding and expertise. Together they donate tons of food to local food banks, foster community engagement, and train people with new skills.
Mother Carr's Farm
Learning About Farming at Mother Carr's Farm
Sola Gratia Farm
Faith in Place served as a competent and creative partner in developing a key ministry of St. Matthew, Sola Gratia Farm. This four-acre vegetable farm employs environmentally friendly practices to raise produce for shareholders and local restaurants, which leverages a significant contribution of fresh, natural vegetables for our hungry neighbors through the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
-Pastor Bob Rasmus, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Urbana, IL