Live Springs Farm is comprised of 610 acres of land on the western edge of the corn belt, in the heart of the Midwest. We are located 7 miles east of the Illinois River, and 15 miles from the Mississippi River.
About 250 acres of total tillable land sit mostly on high ground, surrounded by wooded hillsides, gullies, and pastures. A limestone foundation, which is visible in nearby creek bottoms, supports a deep layer of Fayette silt loam soil, classified as "highly erodible." The farm gets its name from the many springs and seeps that dot the landscape. An average annual rainfall of about 40 inches, which often comes in the form of thunderstorms, provides plenty of moisture.
The farm's diversity creates an abundance of habitats for wildlife, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and fungi alike. Hues of purple, pink, yellow, white, and blue dot the landscape in spring as wildflowers peek from the grass. Bird life keeps the farm constantly alive with all the chattering, peeping, and hooting. We contract with local hunters to allow sustainable hunting practices for white-tail deer and turkey. Morel mushroom hunting is also a treat in early spring.