Sola Gratia Farm is a community-based farm dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. Started by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Faith in Place in 2012, this four-acre community farm is committed to helping those who lack access to fresh produce. Members can join the CSA (community supported agriculture) program and receive 24 weeks of local and naturally grown vegetables while helping to contribute to community hunger assistance. Shares may also be purchased for direct donation to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. The farm promotes healthy lifestyles and community building through volunteering and service, special events and outreach and education programs.
CommunitY Hunger Assistance
Sola Gratia Farm donates at least 10 percent of its produce to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and other hunger abatement programs in East Central Illinois, such as the TIMES Center , Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and the C-U Public Health District. Over the last five years, we have donated over 35,000 pounds of produce (approximately 30% of our harvest!), and with your help, ,we can continue making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce accessible to everyone.
Sustainable farming practices
Sola Gratia Farm employs production methods that focus on growing an abundance of nutritious, and delicious fruits and vegetables, while enhancing soil structure and biology, and helping to build a community that values high-quality, locally grown food. Produce from the farm is harvested when it's ripe and is distributed to consumers as quickly as possible. All of our inputs are derived from natural sources; we do not use any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This reduces fossil fuel consumption and helps create a balanced ecosystem that produces a safe, and healthy product.
Sola Gratia Farm encourages community involvement in the farm, not just through CSA membership, but through volunteer opportunities, special events and educational programming.
Volunteer on the Farm!
Volunteers are truly the cornerstone of our operation and a great way to include many in our mission of expanding access to healthy, locally grown food. Volunteers work throughout the season in the greenhouse, in the field, on pickup days and at special events. Contact Traci Barkley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit the farm and join us for one of our events!
There are plenty of opportunities to visit the farm and be part of the Sola Gratia Farm Community! Join us for our Spring Open House, our Summer Feed-n-Weed potlucks, a farm-to-table dinner, our Fall Harvest Party or for one of our farm tours.
Outreach and Education
Sola Gratia Farm is committed to increasing access and demand for fresh, healthy food and transferring sustainable food production skills, particularly to low income community members, while building and enhancing community. To this end, Sola Gratia Farm has:
-offered farm tours to community, service, and school groups.
-partnered with the Champaign Park District and the Champaign County Farm Bureau to offer a summer "Beginning Farmer" day camp for youth.
-partnered with the Champaign Park District and their afterschool program to develop the Douglass Park Community Garden.
-offered workshops and activities to share food production skills.