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

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.  We appreciate if you make a reservation below so we know you're coming.

 

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 for 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 task. 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 way.  It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year.

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The Farm Calendar

May 7  Veterans Gardening Event 11am-1pm
Celebrating our local Veterans
May 19 Team Depot event 10am-1pm
Home Depot volunteers building raised beds
June 1 U of I Extension lecture series
June 3 U of I Extension lecture series
June 8 U of I Extension lecture series
June 10 U of I Extension lecture series
June 18 Candlelit night at the Farm 8pm-10pm
Enjoy a night at the farm lit only by candles.
Drinks and snacks will be served.
June 22 U of I Extension lecture series
June 24 U of I Extension lecture series
June 25 Phillips Park Pollinator Festival 1-6pm
Inaugural festival celebrating pollinator insects
June 29 U of I Extension lecture series
July 1 U of I Extension lecture series
July 2 Healthy U. 10am-12pm
Healthy cooking class taught by local chefs featuring smoothies.
July
 6 U of I Extension lecture series
July
 8 U of I Extension lecture series
July
 13 U of I Extension lecture series
July
 15 U of I Extension lecture series
July 16 Healthy U. 10am-12pm
Healthy cooking class taught by West High students.
July
 20 U of I Extension lecture series
July
 22 U of I Extension lecture series
July 24  Garden Tea Party 12-3pm
Wear your biggest farm-inspired hat for this special event.  Finger foods and custom tea blends will be prepared from farm grown ingredients.
July
 27 U of I Extension lecture series
July
 29 U of I Extension lecture series
Aug 2 Tuesday Garden Club tour 1pm
Aug 6  Healthy U. 10am-12pm
Healthy cooking class taught by local chefs
Aug 13  Garden Harvest Dinner 6-8pm 
Our annual fundraiser dinner featuring our own vegetables prepared by local chefs.
Aug 20  Healthy U. 10am-12pm
Healthy cooking class taught by local chefs.  
Iron chef style competition special.
Sept 3  Healthy U. 10am-12pm
Healthy cooking class taught by local chefs
++featuring Small Axe Hot Sauce++
Sept 17  Healthy U. 10am-12pm

Healthy cooking class taught by local chefs
Oct 22  Fall Fest
Our annual celebration of the end of the season and free pumpkin give-away.