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A Weekend with the Navy

Last weekend, May 6th and 7th, over the course of both days we had over 100 young men and women from the Navy out on the farm volunteering their weekend to help us get ready for our upcoming event.

One of the major projects they worked on was the addition of the new siding and windows on the barn.  They also moved a small fence line for us to move our ducks and chickens back into the back pasture where they pond is.  Some of the crew also repainted the white fence between the chicken yard and our big pasture.  We had some guys and gals tamping post holes on our big pasture fence that was installed last summer.  And then there was also help with general clean up around the farm, straightening supplies and getting things in order.  Break time brought socializing with our chickens and horses as well as having some lunch and playing Frisbee and catch with the kids.

We cannot thank you all enough for spending your weekend with us and helping us tremendously on the farm.  But most  importantly, we thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country.   Below is just some of the photos, please visit our Facebook page to see them all.

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter from all of us at the Freedom Farm.  May you have a wonderful Sunday.

 

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Lake County Food Truck Frenzy

Join us in supporting our friends with the Lake County Exchange Club at their Food Truck Frenzy event. The Exchange Club are friends and supporters of the Freedom Farm, lets do all we can to help support them in their fight against Child Abuse.  If you have no plans that day, please stop on by the Lake County Fairgrounds and see what they have to offer.  Thank you for your continued love and support of the Freedom Farm and the Lake County Community. fOOD tRUCK fRENZY (1)

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Happy New Year

From all of us at the Freedom Farm, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year.  We cannot keep going without the love and support from all of you.  Thank you for helping to make 2016 an amazing year and here’s to an even more amazing 2017.

 

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Home Depot Builds a Fence

On November 10th, the crew from Waukegan Home Depot spent the day with us on the farm building the new fence between the chicken yard and big horse pasture. We were awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to purchase the materials needed to build this fence.  The crew came out early morning, spent the better part of the morning with us working on the fence.  Then, after lunch, just about everyone called it a day.  We cannot thank Home Depot enough for your generous support, and the crew for coming out to install and paint the fence.  Thank you so much for believing in us and what we do.  Here’s sneak peak of some photos, please click on the link below to be taken to our Facebook page to view the rest (there’s over 100!)  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1084006745051823.1073741837.241989972586842&type=1&l=bf7bec22e5

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Sunday Pumpkin Picking

The end of summer came and went, and here we are officially fall and getting ready for one the biggest days on the Freedom Farm: Fall Festival.  This year’s event is taking place Saturday, October 22nd from 1-7pm at the farm.  Please come out and spend the afternoon with us, bring your family and friends with you.  Big thank you to our pumpkin picking crew, who this past Sunday, spent the morning at Thompson’s Strawberry Farm picking over 100 pumpkins for decorating during the festival.  We could not do it without you, thank you to each of you: Lisa, Sharon,Dave,  Keena, Lara, Tom, Lilly, Brian, Masen

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Summer Update

The summer started out with a bang, we have had groups volunteering to help on the farm each weekend. The Navy Chiefs have been out every Saturday to help with finishing the Kids Rank club houses as well as clearing the south end of brush and dead trees. We had a group from US Cellular to help with the weeding of the gardens, clearing the south end of brush and the planting of 30 pine trees(see photos). Abbott had two separate volunteer groups out to help maintain our gardens and get the farm ready for the summer sessions. We Thank all the volunteers who help us get the work done, the farm depends on you and so do our veterans, any groups wishing to join our army of volunteers contact us and get on the schedule.
The Farmers Market in Wadsworth began July 15th and goes on through September 30th so come pay us a visit.(located at the village hall on Wadsworth Road) We will be selling our produce as well as crafts made by the kids from Kids Rank,all proceeds go to keeping our farm open for those who need us.
A new pond has been built as a project for an Eagle Scout, a special “Thank You” goes to Bruce Diederich with Waukegan Roofing for donating the liner to complete the pond; this will enhance our bird yard and give our duck a place to cool off, we plan on getting Sally a few more pond mates.
We have added a new horse to our program. This new addition has been donated by a veteran family who gives us their full support and sees the need for our horse program. Thank You Very Much in trusting us with the care of your fantastic horse, she will live  a happy life on the farm and will as all our animals become part of the family.
The Rose Program has been doing Fantastic, our Ladies have been warming the hearts of those in the hospital at the V.A. Each Sunday they vase up the roses and with smiles on there faces  greet the waiting patients, the only visitors some get are our ladies on Sunday. We would like to have more groups participate in our delivery program, it warms the hearts of those involved.The new roses donated for the garden are doing well and provide many fresh blooms for Sunday, donations of roses for the garden are always needed.

July brought us a busy schedule as well, the Farmers Market began, the 23rd was our Poker Run sponsored by the VFW Riders Group from Post 1865 in Kenosha, which was a a lot of fun, thanks to everyone who participated and rode out and in the rain with us.

Thank You to all those groups and corporate sponsors who help us serve our Veterans, Active Military and there families in any way we can, with out your support our mission would take longer to complete!

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