This small piece of land is our home and our work is tending to its care. We see ourselves not just as a farm, but as a living system both native and domestic, coexisting in balance throughout every season, so that nature is better served by our time here. 

Our goals are simple. To live within limits, to appreciate what we have, to be good to the earth and all creatures, to provide food for others, and to be gentle farmers.

Our Farm

We are a ten-acre, family-run vegetable farm located in Grundy County, Illinois, approximately 65 miles southwest of Chicago. As stewards of land that was first homesteaded in 1837, we are grateful to the long line of farmers who worked the same soil before us and hopefully will for generations to come.

Our guiding principles at Bray Grove farm are to live and to work in ways that allow nature to inform our decision-making and to educate others on the benefits of small-scale equine-based agriculture in the modern world.

Our Family

Meet the members of the Bray Grove Farm Family:

Brian

Farmer, lover of animals, vegetables, soil, compost, hard work, and . . .

Loretta

Brian's field teacher, Amish draft mule adoptee, affectionate flirt 

Penelope

Farm overseer, shelter adoptee, expert catch and release mouser

Gracie

Unsuccessful at being Penelope's best friend, which makes her look like the saddest cat in the world - or Abe Vigoda

Sally

"Silver fox" might be the tiniest, but she's the toughest fighter of all the cats, and mice are no match to her.

Betty Jo, Billie Jo, Wendy Waddles, Windy Wiggles, Katie Jo, and Elliot

In addition to keeping the bug population down, they provide delicious eggs. Plus they're wacky and quacky and make us laugh.

Joanne

Artist, eager farm hand and skilled mucker, visually embracing it all

Emmylou

Sweet little sister to Loretta, loves apple treats and writing poetry

Otis

Former abandoned senior barn cat, aka Toshiro Mifune, gentle and wise.

Scooter

Former abandoned barn cat, the friendliest, snuggliest, lil guy, always getting into mischief.

In Fond Memory of

Cowboy 1985-2017

Beloved rescue horse, cranky but lovable self-appointed leader, lover of the ladies

In Fond Memory of

Debbie Dwaddles

Distinguished by her white feathers, voted Ms Congeniality

Steve Elliot

Handsome and diligent flock overseer, father to Katie Jo and Elliot