As 4th and 5th generation farmers on the fertile land of Iroquois County, IL, we are continuing our family’s tradition of caring for the soil and growing good food for our community. Harold says: “I  r emember the way my grandparents farmed—without the use of pesticides, and with a focus on nurturing strong soil health. I continue in their footsteps, using hand and machine cultivation instead of herbicides, and seek to leave the soil deeper, richer, and healthier than I found it.”

As 4th and 5th generation farmers on the fertile land of Iroquois County, IL, we are continuing our family’s tradition of caring for the soil and growing good food for our community. Harold says: “I remember the way my grandparents farmed—without the use of pesticides, and with a focus on nurturing strong soil health. I continue in their footsteps, using hand and machine cultivation instead of herbicides, and seek to leave the soil deeper, richer, and healthier than I found it.”

Harold and Sandy Wilken with their daughter Emily and her husband Fer, and their son Ross and his wife Daniele.

Harold and Sandy Wilken with their daughter Emily and her husband Fer, and their son Ross and his wife Daniele.

Janie’s Farm is a Certified Organic family farm in East Central Illinois where we . . .  

  • Regenerate the land and restore the soil to its life-giving role as a healthy organism

  • Grow high-quality, consumer-driven crops, and process them into healthy food

  • Build relationships and work directly with end-users

  • Offer land-owners an alternative farming system to conventional farming

  • Create a healthy farming environment for our family, employees, and community

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Our Roots

Our farm name honors our daughter Janie, who passed away in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 15. She remains near and dear.

In 2003, after 23 years of conventional farming, we began our organic journey with one 30-acre field. We now farm over 2,000 acres organically, producing many varieties of certified organic corn soybeans, and small grains.

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Our Mission: We Build Healthy Soil — for Healthy Crops, Healthy People, and a Healthy Future

We restore the life and health of the soil through crop rotation and cover cropping. These practices add nutrients to the soil, sequester carbon, increase water absorption, prevent soil erosion, and can suppress weeds, insect pests, and soil-borne plant diseases.
 
We also provide jobs, on the farm and in our mill, that help keep our rural community healthy—economically, environmentally, and socially.

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The Janie's Farm Team!  Harold Wilken, Sandy Wilken, Ross Wilken, Gerry Lunt, Colton Henrichs, Ryan Wolfe, Lucas Haut, Leslie Vaske, Tim Vaske

The Janie's Farm Team! Harold Wilken, Sandy Wilken, Ross Wilken, Gerry Lunt, Colton Henrichs, Ryan Wolfe, Lucas Haut, Leslie Vaske, Tim Vaske

Our Team

We have a wonderful team at Janie’s Farm. I am proud that my son Ross, my nephew Tim, and many neighbors all work here—to make a living and to make a difference.

Young people are often told “don’t come back to the farm—there’s no room for you.” It seems like the goal of many farmers is to eliminate somebody. I want more farmers than there were when I came in. And I see with organics we can do that. Organic farming provides the opportunity to bring in a new generation of farmers because more eyes and hands are needed on a diverse, organic operation like ours.

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Grains We Offer

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We supply many different grains to a wide variety of customers—from food processors or livestock farmers needing semi-loads of corn or soybeans, to brewers and distillers needing 2,000-pound totes or 50-pound bags of wheat or rye.

ORGANIC CORN: Yellow or White Hybrid, as well as Specialty Open-Pollinated Corn (limited quantities)

ORGANIC SOYBEANS: Clear or Dark Hilum

ORGANIC SMALL GRAINS: Many varieties of Wheat and Rye, as well as ancient and specialty grains available seasonally upon request.

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