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Jubilee Farm

Jubilee Farm Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, Jubilee Farm is a 164 acre center for ecology and spirituality located west of Springfield,IL.

Gift shop opens Monday, March 14, 2022
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Seedling Sale 2022 begins on April 18! Hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Operating as usual

01/12/2023

Our Gift Shop has a new look! Enjoy the Jubilee Farm atmosphere and the variety of woven items , pottery, bead work and other hand crafted gifts!

Gift Shop Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Call for later or Saturday hours. 217-787-6927

Cash or check only, please.

Looking for a special way to mark Valentine's Day?  Visit the Jubilee Farm Gift Shop for a variety of one of a kind hand...
01/12/2023

Looking for a special way to mark Valentine's Day? Visit the Jubilee Farm Gift Shop for a variety of one of a kind hand crafted gifts.

Our Gift Shop is open Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Call for later and Saturday hours. 217-787-6927

Cash or check only, please.

All of us at Jubilee Farm wish you a beautiful Christmas Season and many blessings throughout 2023.  We are very gratefu...
12/22/2022

All of us at Jubilee Farm wish you a beautiful Christmas Season and many blessings throughout 2023. We are very grateful for your support!

PLEASE NOTE: Jubilee Farm will be closed from Christmas Eve through January 2, except by appointment. We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

This beautiful photo is courtesy of Rich Saal photography.

12/15/2022

Our Gift Shop has a new look!
Our 2022 Holiday Craft Fair is over but there is still opportunity to find something special for Christmas. Our Gift Shop is now open and filled with many treasures!

We are grateful to all who made our Holiday Craft Fair a success!

Last chance to shop at our Holiday Craft Fair!  We close at 3 pm today.  Come on down!  Beautiful Christmas gifts as wel...
12/10/2022

Last chance to shop at our Holiday Craft Fair! We close at 3 pm today. Come on down! Beautiful Christmas gifts as well as baked goods still available!

Three days remain for our Holiday Craft Fair!  We are so grateful to all who have stopped by to enjoy the beautifully ma...
12/08/2022

Three days remain for our Holiday Craft Fair! We are so grateful to all who have stopped by to enjoy the beautifully made crafts on display.

Our last day will be Saturday, December 10 with a spectacular variety of baked goods. You won't want to miss it. Items include Irish Soda Bread, Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Biscotti, Baklava, Breakfast Bars, a variety of cookies and more. There's a limited supply so come early! The Bake Sale begins at 10:00 on Saturday and shopping ends at 3:00.

Hours today and Friday: 10:00am - noon . (Later by calling 217-787-6927)

Bake sale tomorrow, December 3, 10:00-3:00!Enjoy a variety of baked goods:  cookies, candy, fudge, pie, sweet bread and ...
12/02/2022

Bake sale tomorrow, December 3, 10:00-3:00!
Enjoy a variety of baked goods: cookies, candy, fudge, pie, sweet bread and more! Gluten free desserts are included.
Desserts and beautifully made crafts are here for your shopping pleasure!

11/29/2022

Our Holiday Craft Fair is open!
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - noon; later by calling 217-787-6927
Saturdays, December 3 and 10, 10 am - 3 pm
Saturdays include delicious baked goods!
We look forward to your visit!

Holiday Craft Fair has something for everyone!  Opening Monday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 10!
11/25/2022

Holiday Craft Fair has something for everyone! Opening Monday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 10!

The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving.In giving gifts, we give what we can spare,but in giving thanks we give o...
11/24/2022

The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving.
In giving gifts, we give what we can spare,
but in giving thanks we give ourselves.
Let us now go around the table
and share something
for which we are thankful.
— Inspired by Br. David Steindl-Rast

The Jubilee Farm Team wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. We give thanks for your friendship and encouragement, given in so many ways. We pledge our continued commitment to "preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the earth community and to share the gift of the land with others."

Blessings to all this Thanksgiving Day!

Light up the holidays!  The Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft fair begins Monday, Nov. 28.
11/23/2022

Light up the holidays! The Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft fair begins Monday, Nov. 28.

Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft Sale begins Monday, Nov. 28!  Doors open at 10:00 a.m.  Runs through Dec. 10.  Bake sale on S...
11/22/2022

Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft Sale begins Monday, Nov. 28! Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Runs through Dec. 10. Bake sale on Saturdays.

Tranquility!Linden,  Seger and Corbe enjoy the morning sunrise.
11/10/2022

Tranquility!
Linden, Seger and Corbe enjoy the morning sunrise.

Our November Weekend Weavers and Volunteers.  What a great group!  What beautiful results!  Congratulations to all!
11/09/2022

Our November Weekend Weavers and Volunteers. What a great group! What beautiful results! Congratulations to all!

Our November Weaving Weekend brought 17 weavers together.  The pictures tell the story!  Thanks to Sister Anita and Volu...
11/09/2022

Our November Weaving Weekend brought 17 weavers together. The pictures tell the story!
Thanks to Sister Anita and Volunteers, Beth, Jennifer, Marianne, Helen, Tracy, Kathryn and Sister Martha, for preparing the looms.
If you would like to participate in a weaving workshop or to have lessons contact Sister Anita at 217-787-6927.

Our last bird banding of fall will be this Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 am - 11:00 am.  Come if you can!
11/07/2022

Our last bird banding of fall will be this Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 am - 11:00 am. Come if you can!

It's coming!Our Holiday Craft Fair begins Monday, November 28 and runs through December 10.  Come and see the wide array...
11/02/2022

It's coming!
Our Holiday Craft Fair begins Monday, November 28 and runs through December 10. Come and see the wide array of Christmas decor, sustainable craft work, pottery, as well as woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and sewn gifts. This year, thanks to our benefactors, we have added internationally hand crafted items.
Saturday, December 3 and 10 will feature baked goods, too!

Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am - noon; Call 217-787-6927 for groups larger than 10 or to shop other hours. We will be glad to open up for you!
Saturdays: 10:00 am-3:00 pm; includes bake sale

A picture is worth a thousand words! Gratitude to Suzanne Donner, OP for capturing the beauty of fall at Jubilee Farm.
10/30/2022

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Gratitude to Suzanne Donner, OP for capturing the beauty of fall at Jubilee Farm.

Welcome Seger!Our newly adopted llama, Seger, captured the hearts of our guests during his first official "Meet and Gree...
10/30/2022

Welcome Seger!
Our newly adopted llama, Seger, captured the hearts of our guests during his first official "Meet and Greet". We applaud Seger's first owners, Kris and Terry Allen of K &T Llamas, Bluffs, Illinois. They raised Seger to be a people friendly llama. This October event was opportunity to thank those donors who made Seger's adoption possible. Watch for the next Seger event in 2023!

On a beautiful October morning fourteen people gathered at Jubilee Farm for a peaceful and reflective journey through th...
10/18/2022

On a beautiful October morning fourteen people gathered at Jubilee Farm for a peaceful and reflective journey through the labyrinth and into the woods. Under the leadership of Cassie, Ami Ann and Vince we explored the beauty of Earth, our common home,
and shared what this season of "letting go" means to us. What a wonderful way to refresh one's spirit and make new friends!

Thank you to all who came to our Bird Banding on Saturday, October 8.  What a wonderful variety of beautiful birds!
10/09/2022

Thank you to all who came to our Bird Banding on Saturday, October 8. What a wonderful variety of beautiful birds!

Bird Banding art by Fourth Graders, St. Agnes School, who visited Jubilee Farm.  Thank you for your cards and pictures!
10/09/2022

Bird Banding art by Fourth Graders, St. Agnes School, who visited Jubilee Farm. Thank you for your cards and pictures!

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post
10/03/2022

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post

Alpacas Corbe and Linden and our new llama, Seger, welcomed members of the Lincoln Land Academy of Lifelong Learning as ...
09/22/2022

Alpacas Corbe and Linden and our new llama, Seger, welcomed members of the Lincoln Land Academy of Lifelong Learning as they arrived at Jubilee Farm.
Thank you, ALL, for coming to watch the bird banding and for visiting Jubilee Farm! Your pursuit of lifelong learning is an inspiration to all of us!

Our circle of friends grew as we welcomed members of the Capital Area Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Sister Suzann...
09/22/2022

Our circle of friends grew as we welcomed members of the Capital Area Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sister Suzanne Donner shared information on herbs, companion planting and gave a tour of the gardens she tends.
Thank you CAAND for your interest and for keeping our community healthy with your expertise in good nutrition!

Welcome to the third and fourth graders of St. Agnes School!  What a wonderful group of students, teachers, parents and ...
09/22/2022

Welcome to the third and fourth graders of St. Agnes School! What a wonderful group of students, teachers, parents and grandparents! We are grateful to Professors Tony Rothering, Samantha Reif and their crew for the lesson on bird banding. Thanks also to Sister Martha for the craft activities.

Welcome Fall!  You arrive with such spectacular colors!  We look forward to the many gifts you offer!
09/22/2022

Welcome Fall! You arrive with such spectacular colors! We look forward to the many gifts you offer!

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post
09/17/2022

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post

We are ready for fall!  Come visit us at Jubilee farm!
09/15/2022

We are ready for fall! Come visit us at Jubilee farm!

Preparing for the Spinning Weekend.  Note the new instructor known as Aspen!
09/15/2022

Preparing for the Spinning Weekend. Note the new instructor known as Aspen!

Perfect weather added to the joy of our Spinning Weekend!  Experienced and new spinners gathered outside to learn, share...
09/15/2022

Perfect weather added to the joy of our Spinning Weekend! Experienced and new spinners gathered outside to learn, share ideas and enjoy conversation.
Thanks to Sister Anita and volunteers Beth and Kathryn for your assistance!

Sustainable Springfield recently honored Jubilee Farm with the Gold Level Award for Sustainable Leadership.  This award ...
09/15/2022

Sustainable Springfield recently honored Jubilee Farm with the Gold Level Award for Sustainable Leadership. This award is testimony to all those who have been part of Jubilee Farm since its inception in 1999: Dominican Sisters, Benefactors, Volunteers and networking organizations.
We are grateful to Sustainable Springfield for this recognition and for the work they do toward achieving sustainability in the Springfield Community.
Shown accepting the award are Sisters Rose Marie Riley and Sharon Zayac.

Jubilee Farm accepting the gold certification in Sustainable Springfield’s Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability reception.

Celebrating the finished product!Weaving Tradition Workshop, 2022Photos by Kathryn Raistrick
09/04/2022

Celebrating the finished product!
Weaving Tradition Workshop, 2022

Photos by Kathryn Raistrick

Congratulations to all who participated in the Weaving Tradition Workshop, August 26, 2022.  Contact Anita Cleary, OP if...
09/04/2022

Congratulations to all who participated in the Weaving Tradition Workshop, August 26, 2022. Contact Anita Cleary, OP if you are interested in a weaving class or workshop. 217-787-6927

Our new Llama, Seger, has arrived!  We are so grateful to all who made Seger's adoption possible!  Thanks to Kris and Te...
08/30/2022

Our new Llama, Seger, has arrived! We are so grateful to all who made Seger's adoption possible! Thanks to Kris and Terry Allen of K&T Llama Farm for raising this healthy 2 year old Silky Suri Llama!

Seger is adjusting beautifully to life with our alpacas, Corbe and Linden. There is so much to discover at his new home on Jubilee Farm. He continues to study what those feathered creatures known as chickens are!

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post
08/28/2022

Photos from Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers - LLABB's post

Jubilee Farm will be closed Saturday, August 27 and will reopen Sunday, August 28 at noon.  Thank you!
08/25/2022

Jubilee Farm will be closed Saturday, August 27 and will reopen Sunday, August 28 at noon. Thank you!

Congratulations, Evelyn Lobo, SSpS!Sister Evelyn just completed a "Weaving Your Story Retreat" directed by Anita Cleary,...
08/24/2022

Congratulations, Evelyn Lobo, SSpS!
Sister Evelyn just completed a "Weaving Your Story Retreat" directed by Anita Cleary, OP. What beautiful weaving!

For information about weaving retreats contact Sister Anita at 217-787-6927.

Welcome back Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers!  How wonderful to see these beautiful birds up close!
08/23/2022

Welcome back Lincoln Land Association of Bird Ba**ers! How wonderful to see these beautiful birds up close!

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6760 Old Jacksonville Road
New Berlin, IL
62670

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm

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(217) 787-6927

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We had another respectable banding day at Jubilee Farm last Wednesday capturing 34 birds (28 newly banded and 6 recaptures) of 16 species. Our season total stands at 330 birds captured (307 newly banded and 23 recaptures) of 52 species. It was nice to have Tracy visit/assist, as well as Fr. Michael! Many thanks to my regular assistants: Lee, Grace, Kayla, and Logan!

This Wednesday (11/9) will be our last banding day for the fall 2022 season. It sure has gone by quickly! We'd love to have you join us!
Finally getting our report out from last Wednesday at Jubilee Farm - we had a busy weekend at the IBBA meeting in Black Swamp!

Last Wednesday was a bit breezy, but also a very successful banding day! We captured 54 birds ( 53 newly banded and 1 recapture) of 16 species. This is our highest daily total so far this fall! It was a particularly good day for White-throated Sparrows as we captured/banded 27 of that species. Our season totals stand at 296 birds captured (279 newly banded and 17 recaptures) of 52 species. Many thanks to Sam, Lee, Grace, Frances and Kayla for their assistance!

We just have a couple of banding days left for the Fall 2022 season ... including this Wednesday.
Here is our final update from our migration banding at Jubilee Farm. From ba**er Tony Rothering:

We could not have asked for a better day (weather-wise) ... and the birds cooperated as well! For our last day of the Spring 2022 season, we caught 40 birds (24 newly banded and 16 recaptures) of 17 species. One of our recaptures was a Gray Catbird that we originally banded as an adult male on May 18, 2019. Gray Catbirds are neotropical migrants, which means that this bird has successfully made the migratory round trip to Central/South America at least 4 times! I am continuously amazed by the survivability and site fidelity of migratory bird species!! Many thanks to Grace and Gina who assisted me today!

From a season standpoint, we ended up capturing 358 birds this spring (291 newly banded and 67 recaptures) of 56 species. For comparison, last spring (2021) we captured 334 birds (287 newly banded and 47 recaptures) of 55 species. Our recapture rate for this spring was 19%. We are still creating our baseline for seasonal comparisons, but this is a relatively high recapture rate.
All 8 of our nets were productive this spring. I was very pleased with the success of our newly placed net (Net 9). That particular net was our highest producing net for the spring (17% of all bird captures). Our top 5 bird species by number captured were as follows - species (# captured): American Goldfinch (35), Common Yellowthroat (33), Gray Catbird (28), Song Sparrow (21), and Swamp Sparrow (20). Our cumulative, 3-season totals are as follows: 1,136 birds captured (991 newly banded and 145 recaptures) of 82 species.

I can't thank my banding assistants enough for all their early mornings, cold and hot temps, tick toleration, exciting (and often muddy) UTV rides, etc. I'm hoping they will all come back in the fall!!

Thanks also, Sr. Rose Marie, for your support and dedication to our efforts and to the conservation and restoration of Jubilee Farm. I truly believe our results are an indication that your hard work is paying off! We look forward to seeing you in August for the fall banding season!
Saturday proved to be another wonderful day of banding at the Jubilee Farm , and what a fun event in conjunction with the Illinois State Museum! We had a good number of visitors and the birds were plentiful as well! We ended up capturing 72 birds (60 newly banded and 12 recaptures) of 27 species. Our season totals stand at 318 birds captured (267 newly banded and 51 recaptures) of 54 species. We are only 16 birds away from surpassing last spring's total of 334 birds captured! We did add a new species to our cumulative station total (82 species): Blackpoll Warbler - a first for ba**er Tony Rothering! Many thanks to my assistants (Sam, Nancy, Andrea, Grace, Michelle, Meghann, and Margene) who were very busy checking nets, scribing, and talking with the visitors.
The boys out at Jubilee Farm got their summer haircuts yesterday and are ready to party this Sunday for the Spring Fling: Concert & Fun on the Farm with Tom Irwin.
Photo I took of the Peace Pole, Yes Yes may peace prevail on Earth. Blessings Salo Stanley
🌟SPRING FLING AT Jubilee Farm IS RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 15🌟

Due to tomorrow's weather forecast, our sisters at Jubilee Farm decided it would be best to reschedule the Spring Fling for May 15 in hopes of better weather! Hope to see you all then!
The Roosters at Jubilee Farms today were spectacular!!! So friendly and colorful! What a great time!
The Peace Pole looked great today at Jubilee farms for Earth Day April 22, 2022. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Blessings Salo Stanley
"Kitty Jubilee" Photography Salo Stanley. Barb and I went for a walk to Jubilee Farms with the sisters of the land Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois. I brought my camera and caught the resident cat. We walked the labyrinth and said prayers for mother earth on earth day! Kitty Jubilee is about keeping the planet green, and tread lightly with our earth walk journey and be in the moment. What ya think? Blessings Salo Stanley
Shout out to Ordinary Zen Lutheran, for writing about Jubilee Farm and all it's wonders.
Your moment of Zen, brought to you by Jubilee Farm, https://www.richsaal.com/, and God.
Don't forget to make Jubilee Farm part of your holiday shopping this year.
Tuesday proved to be our best day of the fall season at Jubilee Farm... so far. The weather conditions were almost ideal, cloudy skies and very little wind. We captured 57 birds (52 newly banded and 5 recaptures) of 16 species (see attached for details). We had at least 3 instances today of walking up to a net that had 10+ birds captured within! The high count was the 20 birds in Net 8 (bridge net), which included 14 Cedar Waxwings (13 were banded with 1 escapee)! It was quite exciting! Our season total stands at 414 birds captured (385 newly banded and 29 recaptures) of 62 species. We also did add 2 species to the cumulative station total (currently 78 species): Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Dark-eyed Junco. Ba**er Tony Rothering and his assistants, Grace Norris and Samantha Reif did a great job with the high volume of birds! They might need a raise ... or bring more donuts ... 🙂

Next Tuesday (11/16) will be our last banding day for the Fall 2021 season. We can only hope the results will be similar!!
Beautiful sunrise at Jubilee Farm, and the "birds" are watching us put up nets. Maybe next time buddy!
Yesterday's sunrise out at Jubilee Farm 😲
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