Monday, August 25, 2014



Dear friends and farmers,

As you know, Historic Wagner Farm stands as one of the few remaining farms in north suburban Cook County, Illinois. Though it's hard to imagine what the area looked like more than a hundred years ago, the Farm represents a large piece of Glenview's history. The Farm wasn't always 18.6 acres of land, surrounded by suburban homes and major roadways.

Monday, August 18, 2014



From the Archives: The Story of How a Farm was Saved
Written by Beth Willwerth, March 2008, for Wagner Tales

The year of 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the referendum in which Glenview voters approved a tax increase for the purpose of purchasing land for its park district. The district wished to acquire 35 acres for sports fields and an additional 20 acres of an old farmstead. In 1967, the park district had launched a campaign to attain this same farm and replace it with a swimming pool, ball fields, tennis courts and an ice rink. However, a determined farmer along with a group of locals referring to themselves as the "Save the Wagner Homestead Committee" helped defeat the bond issue by a 3 to 1 margin. Ironically, years later, another local group "Citizens Organized for Wagners" (C.O.W.S.) worked tirelessly with the park district to once again make an attempt to acquire this land. However, this time the park district wished to keep the farm intact.

Monday, August 11, 2014


A Note From Roxanne JungĂ©, the Farmers' Market Manager
Photo by the Glenview Lantern

News From the Farmers' Market
Even though the market on August 16th was scheduled to be on the Farm grounds, it will NOT be on the farm grounds, but will be in the parking lot. Unfortunately, it has been difficult for the elderly and shoppers with a handicap to navigate the uneven terrain and to walk from the parking lot, across the road, and all the way around the market, which is more spread out when the market is held on the Farm.

Monday, August 4, 2014



Dear friends and farmers,

A few months ago, I wrote to you about some of the interesting things I've learned about chickens in my work here at the farm. It's been a while since then, and I thought I'd share a few more of the interesting facts I've collected.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Who is Bruno Lazzaroni?
Written by Todd Price for the Winter 2014 issue of Wagner Tales.

At most museums, there are thousands of artifacts. If their fortunes are good, these pieces of history include the artifact’s back story. The five-dollar word describing this back story is provenance.  Too often, the provenance of an artifact gets lost between years and owners.  However, there some pieces cry out to have their story heard and the small clues they leave behind expose a rich history.  This is the case with the Dunbar Popcorn Wagon that was donated to the Farm two years ago by Ron Bernardi.