Welcome To Pembroke Farming Family
Pembroke Farming Family Officers
The purpose of Pembroke Farming Family (PFF) is to empower farmers of Pembroke Township, Illinois to become more self sufficient, natural growers and producers of crops, livestock and other agricultural products for ourselves, families and greater communities; fortify our member body as sustainable and economically viable farm entrepreneurs; and strengthen Pembroke’s farming community and other stakeholders as we strive to build a community-based food system and become key components of the emerging local food systems developing across the State of Illinois.
Our vision is to collectively organize, support and grow our organization and its core members through training, networking programs and events; link access to local and remote resources and by way of Pass-on Gifts for equipment, seeds, livestock, and infrastructure needs; Aggregate our buying and selling power; build upon and promote sustainable farm practices and healthier eating and lifestyles through outreach, tourism and other sharing efforts; and seek financial stability through both public and private funding.
Pembroke Farming Family Association began in 1999 with support and guidance from Heifer International. Although the organization does not receive direct support from Heifer, members of PFF wanted to maintain the cornerstones as a basis for the organization. Used for more than 65 years, these 12 Cornerstones guide communities to self-reliance.
Cornerstones stimulate group wisdom and personal insights, and they keep people’s hearts, minds and actions balanced, focused and productive. Together, they form the acronym PASSING GIFTS and echo the practice that makes Heifer unique and its projects sustainable.
The Foundation of Pembroke Farming Family Association
(*Heifer’s Cornerstones have been modified slightly to reflect those of PFF.)
Our Pass–On acknowledgements are stemmed from this understanding. A Pass-On celebration is encouraged at least annually to support other farming families with in the organization and to uplift farming families outside of the organization.