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Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, LLC. In 2003, we moved from an urban and academic life in Madison, Wisconsin to Champaign-Urbana Illinois. Through great friends and serendipity, we found our home and small farm just outside of town. That first year, we planted all of the land previously in cash grain (about 5 acres) with a lush cover crop of buckwheat to begin restoring our prairie soil. In 2004, we planted over 350 fruit trees and 600 berry plants AND purchased our first four Nubian goats (three does and one buck).

In August of 2005, we received our licenses for our Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery.  Since then, we have expanded our herd to 70 milkers and installed a pipeline milking parlor with a 14-doe stantion. We have also expanded our working acreage with an 8-acre pasture, a 5-acre hay field and a 2-acre restored prairie to the east of our original 7 acres.   All of these changes move us along the path to greater sustainability. 

 

 

Udder Proud and Saturday Open House DetailsMarch 26th, 2015

Farm News With nearly a month of lactating under their belts (or should I say between their legs), the goat girls are ramping up to peak milk production.  This past week, we completed our month

Transitions of spring AND First Farm Open House of the SeasonMarch 19th, 2015

 Farm News Spring: the transition from barrenness to birth, from restfulness to running, from thought to action.  We got a jump start on kidding season this year, making the transition from

NEWS Flash: March means baby goat madness and Farm Dinner TicketsMarch 2nd, 2015

March is coming in like a lion; the roar of hungry baby goats is deafening.  Within the past few days we have had a surge from a handful of kids to 75 on the ground.  There seems to be a co

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