A Family Business
Mayneland Farm has been growing and selling vegetables and fruits since 1976. The original 10 acre parcel was bought in 1949. In 1952 and 1954 two additional parcels were bought completing the present 15 acres. In the mid-seventies a close family friend, Don Zietlow, interested my mother in growing and selling vegetables. We already had the farm machinery bought in the 1950s for traditional grain farming, so it was a good match. My mother grew up on a farm in West Chicago and she loved working with the soil. We provided the machinery and the Zietlow family provided the help. In 1980 they moved away to Wisconsin and I, Jeremy Mayne, took over the business. My mother was actively involved in running the farm until her death in 1993.
Helping the community is key to us at Mayneland Farm. We make several donations weekly of unsold produce to the Loaves & Fishes Community Food Pantry. In 2016, our farm received the Outstanding Community Partner award from the food pantry. If your food pantry is interested in receiving donations of leftover fruits and vegetables, please contact us for more information.
Food that cannot be donated is composted on our farm and later added to our fields, which reduces food waste and increases soil health.
Mayneland Farm has specialized in growing in high tunnels which are similar to greenhouses but use solar energy instead of electrical to heat them. The plants are grown in the ground which is covered by black plastic sheeting with holes for the stems of the plants. The black plastic provides excellent weed control and warms the soil for faster growth. We presently have 15 high tunnels and also grow in open fields in the traditional manner.
We use small quantities of chemical fertilizers through drip lines to save on water as well as some organic (OMRI labeled) and conventional fungicides and insecticides. Our extensive use of high tunnels allows for minimal spraying and intensive use of our 15 acres.