Saturday, September 26, 2009


It's a good day in Central IL when Autumn is on it's way. The leaves are starting to change and the cooler nights are perfect for sleeping with your windows open. It's also an excellent time to harvest garlic. We've got organic garlic ready for drying! We'll be selling some dried herb blends and rubs on soon. If you're local and you'd like to purchase some fresh garlic please call or email. We're offering it for $2.50 for 1/2 pound.

Call or email Hans Bishop at (309)824-0484 or write us at

Saturday, September 19, 2009

PrairiErth featured in Farmweek Article: Solar power fueling alternative farming options

Check out this great piece on our farm's contributions to solar power by "grazing off the grid":

Welcome to PrairiErth Farm

Hello! We've created this blog to keep everyone up to date on the happenings of PrairiErth Farm! If you don't know much about us here's some brief info about who we are and why we believe organic farming is so important. Please... take a look around. Take a virtual tour of the farm. Get to know your food producers and share this very special way of providing a sustainable future for everyone.

WHO WE ARE: Dave Bishop and family have been farming their 300-acre farm for about 30 years. Located in the center of Illinois about 160 miles from downtown Chicago, the Bishops operate a diversified farm and raise a bit of about everything.


WHAT WE HAVE TO SHARE: Prairierth crops include corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and grass hay, and a large assortment of vegetables. They also have 25 pasture-raised beef cattle and about 750 free range chickens each summer for meat and eggs. We find the bond between the land and those who live and work on it to be very important. Prairierth farm also has an acre of native prairie plants including flowers and grasses.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Having farmed conventionally, we've seen firsthand the detrimental effects on the soil, and to the farm and rural communities. It is our goal to play a part in limiting our ecological footprint by caring for the earth, not just for us, but future generations as well. Organic farming is very special to us, we enjoy working with the land and sharing our products with customers, with whom we develop a very special relationship with, because together we believe organic is more than just a practice, it is a way to influence a healthy life in our community, and provide a sustainable way of producing food.

Currently our products are available on farm and at natural food stores in stores in Bloomington, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, and Arthur Illinois.

***Also, we've started a slow foods store on Look forward to enjoying dried herb blends, soup mixes, dried fruits and vegetables, seeds, bulbs and dried flowers. Please let us know if there's something special your family is looking for!