Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals and agricultural interpreters, stroll through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes or climb up on a vintage tractor in the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Hand-milk a Jersey cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, groom a draft horse, feed the animals, bake biscuits in the woodstove and churn your own butter or help in the vegetable garden. The opportunities to learn and play are endless! Drop-in programs offered Wednesdays and Saturdays. Custom programs and birthday party packages available, too.
Primrose Farm is excited to officially dedicate the plaza and celebrate our new branding, which is intended to expand the recreation opportunities available at the farm.
This plaza now serves as the primary gathering place for school groups, scout groups, and families. It allowed staff to create a more organized vehicle drop off system for program participants and offers a protected area near the parking lot.
Previously, the entrance area was susceptible to much flooding. Using a stamped concrete surface, this new structure will now collect and divert storm water allowing it to drain more appropriately into the parking area. Mature landscaping with shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses were incorporated into the overall design.
This plaza also includes the official memorial to John H. “Jack” Wessel who was a dedicated public servant of the St. Charles community, having spent years seven years on the St. Charles Park Foundation Board of Trustees and more than 20 years on the St. Charles Plan Commission.
There is a plaque mounted on the stone column with more details of Wessel’s commitment to the park district and honors him for his perseverance and commitment of service. Jack strongly supported the mission of Primrose Farm and was a founding member of the annual Farm Frolic fundraiser. Because of Jack’s enthusiastic contributions to the improvements at Primrose Farm, future generations will learn and enjoy many facets of day-to-day farm life.
We are very grateful to the Wessel family for their continued support of the farm. A donation for the passing of Eileen Wessel, Jack’s wife, enabled us to purchase a new information kiosk for this farm plaza.
Also as part of this renovation project, you will discover new interpretive signs highlighting the farm’s historic buildings throughout the farmstead.
Organic Farmer Ellen Kamps Grows Interest in Sustainability
This article published recently in Kane County Magazine and online at KCChronicle.com.
By Kelsey O’Connor.
Food brings people together. This has always been true for Ellen Kamps in both her life and her work. The Geneva native is dedicated to strengthening the local community’s connection to sustainable food through her newest venture, FoxTrot Organic Farm in St. Charles.
“Today, there’s such a disconnect about where food comes from,” says Kamps. “We’re helping people build that connection and form that relationship. It’s so much more sustainable and environmentally friendly to eat locally.”
Kamps runs FoxTrot Organic Farm with Jeff Hughes, her “partner in love and agriculture.” The pair grows more than 135 different varieties of produce and they began selling their crops this year, after spending three years preparing the land for organic certification. It is now one of two USDA-certified organic farms in Kane County.Farmstand, FoxTrot