Who we are

Farm Family

We are a ten-acre, equine-powered, family-run polyculture farm located in Grundy County, Illinois, approximately 65 miles southwest of Chicago. 

We see ourselves not just as a farm, but as a living system comprised of both the 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.

 Meet the members of the Bray Grove Farm Family

Brian

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

Joanne

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

Loretta

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

Emmylou

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

Penelope

Farm overseer, shelter adoptee, expert catch and release mouser

Otis

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

Gracie

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

Scooter

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

Sally

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

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

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

In Fond Memory Of

Cowboy 1985-2017

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

Steve Elliot

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

Debbie Dwaddles

Distinguished by her white feathers, voted Ms Congeniality

Katie Jo

Hatched from one of the flock's incubated eggs, dedicated sister to Elliot