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The Farm

Marie's Urban Farm    835 N. Highland Ave  Aurora, IL

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The Kitchen
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The Entertainment Space
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The Aviary
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The Greenhouse
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Charity Blooms has been proud to manage this amazing property since 2018 through the generosity of the City of Aurora and the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.  The Farm has become our Homestead.

This half-acre property was once occupied by 5 houses.  Those houses were torn down in 2014 and turned into green space.  Since 2018, we have worked with hundreds of volunteers to turn it into a community space that now benefits thousands.  Our goal is to grow dozens of varieties of food including fruit, vegetables and herbs.  This produce is then donated to the Marie Wilkinson Food pantry.  As of 2021 we have won 28 awards for our produce at the Sandwich County Fair!

This property is also a social space.  People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to learn, help and play.  The property now includes a 500 square foot greenhouse, solar power, a large outdoor kitchen, entertainment space with seating for 32, an aviary, a monarch butterfly education area, pollinator gardens with bee hotel, self-paced activities and automated composting.  We teach classes for all ages, host private gatherings and public events almost all year long. 

Events on the calendar are all open to the public unless otherwise stated. 

 

If you'd like to visit the farm or volunteer, let us know.  We are always interested in meeting new friends, building new partnerships and sharing the love of what we do.   We are often described as one of the best kept secrets in Aurora.  Stop by and see why!

THE SCAVENGER HUNT

Come alone or bring your team and hunt around The Farm at your own pace while learning fun facts about vegetables.  Start by choosing your path color; EASY, MEDIUM, OR DIFFICULT.  Then go to the barn and scan that colored QR code for your first clue. The QR codes you find will give you part of a phrase, in parenthesis, along with the next task.  At the end of the hunt, tell us the completed phrase for a special prize.  Do not go out of order or you will miss part of the phrase!

PLAYFUL LEARNING EXHIBIT

The amazing folks at Playful Learning, in cooperation with the Chicago Children's Museum, installed this exciting exhibit in the Spring of 2021.  The focus is to teach early elementary math skills in a fun and exciting way.  It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year.

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POLLINATOR GARDENS

Without pollinator insects, we would have no vegetables.  This was a lesson learned early on at the Farm.  Since 2018 we have strived to include Pollinator habitats into our projects.  Come see the Pollinator Hotel and many other ways we incorporate these essential insects into our gardens.

SUMMER COOKING SERIES

The Summer Cooking Series was such a big hit in 2022 that we've decided to continue into 2023.
This year we will have multiple chefs from all backgrounds teaching culinary techniques and recipes.   Students are able to pick their own ingredients from the farm, learn to prep and cook them right on the spot.  There will be 8 cooking stations where 16 students will cook in pairs. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Zini family, classes are FREE and available on a first come first serve basis.  Students MUST individually reserve a spot below to attend.  Most classes begins promptly at 6pm unless otherwise noted.  Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before class starts.  A confirmation email will be sent to students the day before the class with additional details for that specific event.

2023
April 1
   Spring Fest  10-2

Our annual egg hunt event
June 1  Summer Cooking Series
Spring spinach salad with bacon
**reservation required**
June 16 Summer Cooking Series
Homemade Strawberry preserves
**reservation required**
September 2 Summer cooking series
Cooking with kids
9:30-11:30 Marinara Sauce
11:30-1:30 Tortilla Pizza
October 21   Fall Fest 10-2
Our annual pumpkin giveaway event

The Pollinator Gardens
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Class Schedule
June 2  Spring spinach salad with homemade bacon
June 16  Homemade Strawberry preserves
September 2 Cooking with kids
Adults bring your favorite kid to pair up with and make tortilla pizzas.  Marinara sauce class starts at 9:30.  Pizza class starts at 11:30.  Come to one of your choosing or both.  Must reserve for each class separately.




 

Cooking Class Reservation

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Reservation Confirmed

Fall Fest
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Cooking Classes
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