Upcoming Meeting

Summer Tour

July 18, 2015
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Fair Oaks Farms
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

The 2015 Chicago Farmers Summer Tour will be Saturday July 18 at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana, on I-65 at exit 220.

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The Chicago Farmers will be taking the summer off, with the exception of the summer tour. This year, we will be heading down to Fair Oaks Farms located in Fair Oaks, Indiana. Be on the lookout for more information and take a moment to watch the two videos below that will provide insight into what we will see and do! 


An Introduction to Fair Oaks Farms



Fair Oaks Farms
Pork Education Center & Pig Adventure


Meeting stresses importance of planning for farmland ownership transfer

A unique one-woman play at The Chicago Farmers’ May 11, 2015 meeting laid out the challenges presented in the transference of land ownership when careful planning has not been addressed. Actress Cora Vander Broek performed the play, “Map of My Kingdom.” The TCF meeting was the play’s first showing in Chicago.

Written by Mary Swander, a co-founder of AgArts, a national organization designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts, the play dramatizes several different instances of families in the midst of attempting to transfer family-held farmland that are related by Ms. Vander Broek who assumes the roles of people involved in the situations. Ms. Vander Broek opened the play, which has its roots in Iowa, with a passage from Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which dealt with a father dividing his kingdom among three daughters. “I think “Map of My Kingdom” has themes that are universal, whether or not you own a farm,” commented Ms. Vander Broek.

Audience members were enthralled with Ms. Vander Broek’s ability to convey the feelings that the fictional farm owners felt over their inability to retain ownership of previous generations’ farmland due to lack of planning. Following the performance, one TCF member suggested to Ms. Vander Broek, “You should have your performance on DVD so that more people could be exposed to this play.” 


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