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"A Farmer's Road" Movie Screening

  • Oak Park Main Library 834 Lake Street Oak Park, IL, 60301 United States (map)

Come be a part of change where opportunities to take relevant, local action will be shared!

A Farmer's Road tells the story of Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell; two academics who traded textbook and research theory for boots on the ground reality. They are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery. Leaving steady careers as tenured faculty, first at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then at the University of Illinois, Leslie and Wes treated the idea of running their own farm with inevitability, purchasing seven acres outside of town in 2003. What began with restoring commodity production land to prairie, planting fruit trees, and buying four goats (three does and a buck) has become a full-time farming life tending twenty-two acres, a herd of seventy milkers, and operating a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery.

Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery continues to grow without taking government subsidies, has created jobs on the farm, and works tirelessly on their mission of sustainable agriculture and the slow food movement.

There will be a post-film program will include Q&A with:
John Murray, Filmmaker for "A Farmer's Road"
Wes Jarrell, Farmer and Owner, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Cheryl Munoz. Founder and Marketing Director, Sugar Beet Food Coop, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse
Discussion and panel facilitator: Jim Slama, Founder and CEO FamilyFarmed and Good Food Business Accelerator

Tickets are FREE and can be obtained here.

Cheese and gelato tastings will be available from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Earlier Event: March 4
One Earth Film Festival
Later Event: March 12
"Beyond Measure" Movie Screening