Plowing Forward at Lockport’s John Lane Farm

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John Lane Farm

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Working farms still exist in northeastern Illinois, but few with the history of John Lane Farm in Lockport. Lane invented the steel plow on this farm in 1833, opening up the prairie soil for growing crops and changing the landscape for future generations. Today, the farm grows and sells organic produce, while working to preserve the stories and buildings of the past.

Each year, the farm hosts John Lane Days the second weekend in July, featuring family-friendly entertainment and vendors. Funds raised during the event will go toward preserving the farm, and specifically the century-old barn that is being renovated for use as an events center.

This year’s John Lane Days will take place July 13-14. For more information, visit

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