Janie's Farm fields, tractors, and grain bins, as well as The Mill at Janie's Farm, were recently featured in a beautiful video about Hewn Bakery in Evanston and the baker/owner Ellen King, who has been a great friend and mentor to us.

Awards and Media Recognition

Harold Wilken, Janie's Farm, and The Mill at Janie's Farm have been featured in many news articles. Here are some of them. 

 
Harold Wilken was honored with the R. J. Vollmer Award by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Harold Wilken was honored with the R. J. Vollmer Award by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Harold harvests a test plot. The agronomic and organoleptic qualities of each wheat variety are examined, and only the best ones are planted at a larger scale, and eventually made into flours for you at  The Mill at Janie's Farm.

Harold harvests a test plot. The agronomic and organoleptic qualities of each wheat variety are examined, and only the best ones are planted at a larger scale, and eventually made into flours for you at The Mill at Janie's Farm.

MAKING THE MOST OUT OF WHEAT IN ORGANIC ROTATIONS, Prairie Farmer, December, 2018

AT JANIE’S FARM, ORGANIC GRAIN IS GROWN AND MADE INTO HIGH-QUALITY STONE-GROUND FLOUR: Fifth-generation farmer Harold Wilken grows both heirloom and hybrid grain varieties, Feast Magazine St. Louis, October, 2018

SEEING GREEN: INTEREST IN ORGANIC FARMING IS GROWING, AgriNews, October, 2017

LIVING GRAINS: FROM LOCAL FIELDS TO LOCAL FLOUR, The Community Word, July, 2017

GOING ROGUE: ALTERNATIVE FOOD PRODUCTION NEEDS FRESH BREAD, The New Food Economy, June, 2017

ILLINOIS FARMERS, RESEARCHERS, CHEFS JOIN FORCES TO BUILD LOCAL SPECIALTY GRAINS MARKET, The Organic Broadcaster, January/February, 2017.  

JANIE’S FARM ORGANICS TAKES FAMILY FARMING TO NEXT GENERATION, Medill News Service, March, 2016

RECOGNITION AND DEMAND GROW FOR ORGANIC FARMING, The Community Word, February, 2016

HAROLD WILKEN OF IROQUOIS COUNTY HONORED FOR HIS EFFORTS IN ORGANIC FARMING, Peoria Journal Star, January, 2016

HAROLD WILKEN NAMED SUSTAINABLE AG AWARD WINNER, Prairie Farmer, January, 2016

DANFORTH ORGANIC FARMER WINS SUSTAINABLE AG AWARDKankakee Daily Journal, January, 2016. 

WILKEN NAMED SUSTAINABLE FARMER OF THE YEAR, Interview on WGLT Radio, January, 2016

BUYING THE FARM, Orion Magazine, July, 2015

VIDEO: Harold shares His Knowledge and Experience

Harold Wilken, an organic farmer in Illinois, says one of the biggest benefits of organic farming is how well it works for bringing in a new generation of farmers. "My son Ross will never have to handle a single pound of insecticide or herbicide, and that's very important to me."