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Flag Dedication

We wanted to share this from Gibbie Buchholtz, thank you for such a nice write up!

On Monday December 7,2015 at noon on Pearl Harbor Day a new flag & flag pole were dedicated at The Freedom Farm for Vets at 13155 West Hart Street in Wadsworth, Illinois.

The flag & flag pole are a gift from The Knight’s Of Columbus At Our Lady Of Humility Church In Beach Park, led by member Richard McFarlin, Master Sergeant, United States Army Retired.

Freedom Farm is a place for Veteran’s who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Freedom Farm was founded by John Ress.  John & his lovely wife Jody said “the farm offers a hands-on opportunity in running a farm, which can be done in solitude, with animals or in the company of other Vet’s who have similar experiences.

Also in attendance were Freedom Farm Treasurer Cassandra Mason, Gold Star Dad Kirk Morris and Gold Star Dad Deacon Robert Ochsner.

Anyone who is interested in donating can do so on the web site, Donations can also be made by check or money order and sent to America United Bank And Company, 36044 N. Brookside Drive, Gurnee, Illinois 60031. Checks can be made payable to Freedom Farm For Vets.

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Flag Dedication

Please join us for the dedication of our new flag pole at 12:00 on Monday December 7, 2015. ‪#‎Veterans‬ ‪#‎Dedication‬FFFV New Flag Veteran Richard McFain

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Fall Festival!!

FFFV Fall Festival clip art

Our fall festival is this Sunday, October 25th from 1-7 pm.

Live Music from the Greg Rockingham Band (featuring past members of Lynard Skynard),
Games for kids,
Face painting,
Pumpkin carving.
Bake sale/food,
Quilt raffle,
“365 Days of Beer ” raffle,
and … a great family day out on the farm

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Quilt Raffle

FFFV Quilt

The Freedom Farm For Vets is raffling off this beautiful quilt. It is a 3 layer flannel quilt, fits a full-size bed, is reversible, and machine washable. The drawing will be held on 10/25/15, during our Freedom Farm Fall Festival.Proceeds will help veterans and their families.

Tickets are $2 each or 6 tickets for $10. Tickets can be purchased from any board member, via PayPal or check via mail or at the Freedom Farm Fall Festival on Oct 25th, 1-7 PM.

You do not have to be present to win!!  We will ship it at no charge if you win it.Thanks for your support and good luck!!

TO USE PAYPAL, please go to the website, Freedom Farm for Vets, and select “Donate”, then enter the dollar amount in tickets that you want. (Again, they are $2 each or (6) for $10.) Next, click on the “SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SELLER”, and type, “Tickets for quilt raffle”. We will send you a confirmation with your ticket numbers. You can enter your contact information if you would like to but I believe that PayPal automatically provides it.

TO PAY BY CHECK, make it payable to the Freedom Farm for Vets with a memo referencing that it is for Quilt Raffle Tickets. Please make sure your contact information (including email address) is included. You can send it to:

Freedom Farm for Vets
Quilt Raffle
13155 W. Hart St.
Wadsworth, Il 60083

We will email or mail you a confirmation with your ticket #’s. Please state your preference.

Another raffle going on during the Festival … the “365 Days of Beer Mountain”. Tickets sold only at the Freedom Farm Fall Festival for $10 ea. You do need to be present to win this one.

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Support The Freedom Farm with a T-shirt or a Tote!

We have T-shirts and Totes available for sale:

A $25.00 donation receives a T-shirt.

Men’s Crew Necks in Large and XL

FFFV Women's Shirt

Women’s V-Necks in Med, Lg, and XL

A $15.00 donation receives a Tote.

Pay for shirts or totes via PayPal (send to:
Free shipping.
Email name, address, and size ordered to the farm for mailing (
or make arrangements for pick up w/ receipt.

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Fall Festival

We’d like to invite everyone to our Fall Festival on Sunday, October 25, 2015 1 pm – 7 pm.

FFFV Fall Festival

Live music provided by Greg Rockingham Band
Food and Baked Goods available
Raffle / 50-50
Cornhole/Horseshoe Tournament
Face Painting by Sava
Games for Kids
Pumpkin Painting

Come out, bring a lawn chair and help support our Veterans!

FFFV Fall Festival Poster

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Summer updates

We hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

We’ve a few updates on life at the farm …

We were proud to be on full display at the recent PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Fishing Tournament and glad we are able to support them.

FFFV at tournament

Our gardens are beginning to fill out. We have enough to have produce at the Wadsworth Farmer’s Market. Come on out and support us every Friday from 2-7.

FFFV Garden

Our young chicks are not looking so little anymore, they are out and about as are the matriarchs.

FFFV chicks

The horses are out and enjoying the weather, they’d love some extra attention.


We are disappointed to report that our fund raising efforts via Indiegogo were not much of a success. We will try again this fall in the hopes that we can get some of our projects completed in 2015.

Remember to come visit us… we’re here 7 days a week!

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