Prairie Wind Family Farm exists on land that was part of the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Odawa, Anishinabeg, and Potawatomi nations. Many other tribes—such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Meskwaki, and Menominee—also called this area home.
By making a land acknowledgment, we recognize that indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy which was acquired through theft and exploitation. Acknowledgement of historical injustice must live side by side with gratitude for our privilege. This inherent tension pushes us to learn more, challenge our understanding, and engage with openness and non-judgement.
The 100-acre Prairie Crossing Farm is located inside the Prairie Crossing community in Grayslake, Illinois and is owned by the Liberty Prairie Foundation. Prairie Wind Family Farm is the resident farm and responsible for the land stewardship of 40-acres. There are roughly 10 acres of natural areas throughout the farm which include wetlands, prairies, native hedgerow habitats and ponds. The remaining farmland areas are utilized for Liberty Prairie Foundation's educational programs.