Rustic Road Farm needed to ensure a secure land base to scale operations to meet existing demand and business growth goals. On behalf of Rustic Road Farm, The Conservation Fund has purchased a 30-acre farm, which includes nine outbuildings and a farmhouse. This farm infrastructure is well suited to allow all livestock operations to be brought together on one site, as well as expand their micro-dairy and add grass-fed cattle. Located in unincorporated Kane County, this farm is strategically located close to existing customers and farm.

Rustic Road gains immediate access to the farm under a flexible lease. They will meet key financial benchmarks and make infrastructure investments to put them in a position to purchase the farm from The Conservation Fund within 3 years after a farmland conservation easement is secured. Using a Buy-Support-Protect-Sell model, the Working Farms Fund is providing Rustic Road Farm with immediate access to farmland, and a pathway to affordable farmland ownership.


Expansion of vegetable, bush and tree fruit, honey, dairy, heirloom pig, free range chicken and pasture egg farm operations to support existing farmstand featuring a value-added line of soups, sauces, and baked goods.


  • 750 Member CSA and 3/week Farmstand
  • 30 acres permanently protected farmland
  • 35% increased revenue projected in 2 year