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Homemade goat’s milk cheese. Delicious eggs. Warm ripe tomatoes fresh off the vine. These were some of the things that prompted a group of friends to pool our talents, resources, time, energy and love into a small farm cooperative outside of Elgin, Illinos.

McQueen Station Farm Cooperative is a values-driven community working to produce locally grown, healthy food in a sustainable manner for the primary purpose of distribution to members.

 

Our broader mission is to learn, grow, and share with ourselves and others, working to encourage the growth of our local economy, helping to create and sustain vibrant, livable communities.

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[typography font=”Just Another Hand” size=”48″ size_format=”px” color=”#659a41″]Our Community[/typography]

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One of the goals of starting this cooperative Farm was developing a good sense of community. No one of us has the resources and time to run a farm, but together we do. Through this process, we’ve gotten to know some pretty great people.

Our sense of community naturally led us to the concept of teamwork. We split up the daily and weekly routine work among our livestock, garden, maintenance and business teams. This allows everyone to contribute in a capacity that works best for them individually and for the Farm as a whole.

The full benefit of a larger community really shows at our Farm Work Days, where the teams come together to tackle big projects for the Farm. We often end these days with a potluck for our members.

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[typography font=”Just Another Hand” size=”48″ size_format=”px” color=”#659a41″]Our Garden[/typography][typography font=”Cabin” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]

Our garden is based on developing the most bio-dynamic soil possible. The garden team creates each garden bed by laying down lasagna layers of farm-based carbon and nitrogen rich material. The layers are allowed to break down before planting is done.

We have several composting stations on site that were custom built by Farm members. Using spent bedding, manure, and ordinary kitchen scraps, we produce compost that fuels our soil and nourishes our vegetables. All of our garden plots and plants are free from chemical fertilizers and hazardous treatments.

In our first year, we planted 14 different kinds of vegetables, and harvested nearly 600lbs of produce throughout the growing season. As our membership expands, we expand the number of garden plots in operation. Currently, we are up to 20 different veggies, including various greens, squash, beans, hot & sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes, onion and garlic.

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[typography font=”Just Another Hand” size=”48″ size_format=”px” color=”#659a41″]Our Goats[/typography]

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It all started with one goat.
And then there were two.

Pretty soon, we had our own small herd of Nubian and Alpine dairy goats. Given subtle differences in milk quality, we have now chosen to only raise Nubian goats.

Our goats enjoy sunny pastures, ample hay-munching time, and cozy shelter in our 150+ year old barn. Each goat has a personality all its own and contributes to the character of our Farm. And of course, after we milk the goats twice a day, we get to enjoy all that creamy milk – especially when it’s turned into chèvre and feta!
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[typography font=”Just Another Hand” size=”48″ size_format=”px” color=”#659a41″]Our Hens[/typography]

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Our laying hens come to us when they are just one day old. We raise them in a coop, where they are dry and protected by warming lights.

But staying in a coop is not for these birds. These are truly free roaming chickens, wandering from the coop yard, over to the barn, through the pasture, and everywhere in-between. All the while they peck on seeds, bugs, and whatever else they find appetizing.

We’ve over a half dozen breeds, including Barred Rock, Americana, and Black Stars. We harvest dozens of beautifully colored eggs per week!

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