Blue Moon Farm

Around the Farm

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About the Farm

Local, organic produce
USDA Certified Organic since 1999

At Blue Moon Farm, our goal is simple: Produce the most beautiful, best tasting produce possible using only organic methods. Our 20-acre organic vegetable farm located 10 miles north of Champaign-Urbana grows quality produce for Urbana's farmer's market, grocery stores, our CSA, and local restaurants. We are committed to the collective project of implementing farming practices that promote the health and well-being of the land we grow on and the people who eat our food. Buying locally leads to more accountability between the farmer and the eater and that relationship is important to us.

  • Allows us to grow greens year-round

  • 10 acres in cover crops, 10 acres in vegetables

  • Percentage of produce sold to local restaurants and grocers

  • Percentage of produce sold directly to consumers through our CSA and at Urbana's farmer's market

Farm Owners and Operators

Jon Cherniss

Farm Founder and Owner
Jon Cherniss, one of the farm’s co-founders, first got involved in organic farming in 1988. In 1995, he began to farm in central Illinois, and has been at his current location north of Urbana since 1997.

Michelle Wander

Farm Founder, Owner, Soil Scientist
Michelle, a co-founder of Blue Moon Farm, is our soil scientist. She helps analyze and create a soil management plan based on our annual soil test results.

Lorien Carsey

Owner and Farm Manager
Lorien is the farm’s field manager. She has been with the farm since 2000. She keeps our crops in the field and greenhouses in tip top shape.

Shea Belahi

Owner and Assistant Farm Manager
Shea joined Blue Moon in 2015. She manages the summer farmer’s market, the packing shed, and transplant production, and our online store.

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