The PrairiErth Story


The Bishop Family has been farming our 300 acres for about 30 years. Located in the center of Illinois,  we operate a diversified farm and raise a bit of about everything.  Having farmed conventionally, we’ve seen first hand the detrimental effects on the soil and to the farm and rural communities. It’s our goal to play a part in limiting our ecological footprint  by caring for the earth, not just for us, but for future generations as well. Organic farming is very special to us, we enjoy working with the land and sharing our products with customers, with whom we develop a very special relationship with. Together, we believe organic is more than just a practice, it’s a way to influence a healthy life in our community and provide a sustainable way of producing food.

Dave, his son Hans and Hans’ wife Katie share the work by helping with chores and production. PrairiErth crops include corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and grass hay. We also grow a large assortment of vegetables, fruit and flowers. Our livestock operation includes 40 pasture-raised beef cattle and free-range chicken for meat and eggs. Plus we’ve recently added pigs! We find the bond between the land and those who live and work on it to be very important. PrairiErth farm also has an acre of of restored native prairie!

Meet your farmers:

Farmer Dave: Dave has over 30 years of experience! His expertise is extensive and has his hands in about every area of the operation, however Dave primarily oversees the corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, meats and egg production. His wisdom and experience are the backbone of the entire farm, providing guidance for fertility, growing methods and other farm techniques.

Farmers Hans & Katie: We welcome Katie to the Bishop family first of all! She’s been a great addition to the farm team and handles most of the marketing, bookkeeping, social media and records. Since coming to the farm she’s started an organic bakery and a dog treat line!  Hans grew up on the farm and with Dave’s guidance started the vegetable production. Together, Hans and Katie brought the farm to the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s market and implemented one of the few USDA Certified Organic CSA’s in central IL! Hans raises vegetables year round in our hoop-houses and has been told he grows the best lettuce around!