Green Earth

We grow healthy.

The Conservation Foundation’s Green Earth Harvest program is devoted to healthy soil, healthy vegetables, healthy people, and healthy communities.  Our Green Earth Harvest farm crew works tirelessly to sustainably farm the agricultural land at our McDonald Farm headquarters in Naperville and produce healthy organic vegetables for the community.

About green earth harvest

Green Earth Harvest uses the shareholder approach as one of the main methods of selling the produce we grow at McDonald Farm. Through this model, members of the community purchase a “share” of the anticipated harvest and make payment in advance at an agreed price. In exchange, we plant, cultivate, harvest, wash and distribute a bountiful selection of organic vegetables and herbs. Ultimately this leads to a partnership among the farmers and the community, through the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food. We are proud to say that the 2020 season is the 18th year of our shareholder program! Occasionally, we hold pop up sales or sell to restaurants to support the Green Earth Harvest program, but our shareholders are our main lifeblood!

Shareholders

Through our shareholder model, members of the community purchase a “share” of the anticipated harvest and make payment in advance at an agreed price. In exchange, we plant, cultivate, harvest, wash and distribute a bountiful selection of organic vegetables and herbs. 2020 is the 18th year of our farm share program!

Farm Experience

We offer shareholders, and member of the community a unique opportunity to experience a real working farm! Throughout the summer we offer many u-pick opportunities for our shareholders, such as snap peas and tomatoes! For others looking to expand their knowledge on farming, we always are looking for volunteers who are eager to learn!

community partners

In addition to being a program of The Conservation Foundation, we partner with other nonprofits in the area! During the 2018 growing season, we donated over 5,000 pounds of produce to Loaves and Fishes- a local food pantry supporting those in need! We also sell our vegetables to restaurants in the area! Please let us know if you’re interested in partnering with us, we’d love to hear from you!

ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

We are proud to say that our crops are USDA certified organic. Our farming practices meet the strict standards of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). Annually, our farm undergoes a rigorous certification renewal process which involves detailed documentation of our field plans, sources for seeds (and other inputs) and produce handling processes. We also practice crop rotation and don’t use any chemical fertilizers to help ensure the highest quality of soil fertility possible.

Farm shares

The Conservation Foundation’s Green Earth Harvest program is an all-organic farming operation that provides healthy, organic vegetables to the community through the sale of “shares.”  When you become a Green Earth Harvest shareholder, you are essentially purchasing a portion of the harvest.  You’ll come to McDonald Farm in Naperville (or one of our delivery locations) every week or every other week and pick up your produce. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to our work. Organic farming is labor-intensive and from March through November there are lots of opportunities to help with planting, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, and post-harvest washing. Helping at the farm can be a way to learn about farming and gardening as well as meet others who share a concern about nutrition, health, and sustainability. No experience necessary!

our Recipe collection

Wondering how to use your fresh produce? We’ve got some ideas! You’ll find background information, storage and preparation tips, along with a whole catalog of recipes we’ve collected over the years!