About GFS

 

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2009 USDA NRCS High Tunnels: Raspberry varieties (right) Royalty, Jewel, Joan J, Anne, Nova, Jaclyn; (left Nova, Polana, Himbo Top.

Welcome to Grace Farm Studios, a small specialty crop grower (raspberries and icelandic wool) in unincorporated McHenry County, Illinois.  We use organic farming practices–including an integrated pest management plan–and have invested in Haygrove high tunnels. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only “no-spray” raspberry producer in northern Illinois to have a conservation plan with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).    In 2009, we were awarded an NRCS grant to participate in a three-year pilot study of high tunnel efficacy in Illinois.   You can see and read more about our positive experience with high tunnels in the Kurt Begalka’s “It’s the BERRIES!”  McHenry County Business Journal 12/2010.

U-Pick, Farmstand, CSA, Farmer’s Market, wholesale.  Our specialty is organically grown raspberries.  At present we are growing nine varieties of red raspberries, two varieties of gold raspberries, two varieties of purple, and five varieties of black raspberries.

Farmstand, Farmer’s Market.   In addition to raspberries, we are growing gooseberries, black and red aronia berries  , red currants, service berries, elderberries, witch hazel, hazelnuts, and native wildflowers.   These crops are relatively young and we don’t expect them to produce sufficient quantities for U-Pick this year.  We sell them in limited quantities as they become available.

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Farmstand, Farmer’s Markets, Fiber and Fine Art Fairs.   In partnership with Holliberri Icelandics of Elizabeth, Illinois, we raise and sell the wool harvested from icelandic sheep pastured at Grace Farm Studios and at Holliberri Icelandics.  We process the wool into various useful forms such as felt, roving, and yarn, and we sell these products as well as handmade finished goods.

naturally colorful icelandic wool felt batts
icelandic wool felt batts in their natural state.