Everything you need to know about the Sunflowers!

The fan-favorite sunflower maze is open in Champaign, Illinois for everyone in the community to enjoy! This year’s maze is in support of Eastern Illinois Foodbank– even the design! This year’s design incorporates two logos: Eastern Illinois Foodbank and sunflower maze sponsor, Hickory Point Bank.

When will the sunflowers bloom? Unraveling the Magic of Nature

Are you curious when the sunflowers will bloom? So are we! The majestic sunflowers certainly have a way of holding us all in anticipation of their debut. While experience is writing us a book of clues, predicting the precise moment when sunflowers will bloom is no easy feat.

Pollinator Garden coming to Clearview Farm

Pollinator Garden Map

Coming to Clearview Farm in Fall 2023… a Native Pollinator Garden shaped like the heartland we call home, Illinois! With over 900 plants comprised of 20+ native species, this garden is a pollinator’s dream come true. Winding river rock channels will mirror the river routes of Illinois as they carry water throughout this living Illinois landscape.

What are we growing this year at Clearview Farm?

Clearview Farm is pleased to present our crop map for the 2023 season! Highlights for the farm this year are, of course, the usual sunflowers and associated walking maze (this year’s design will be revealed at a later date), sweet corn, wheat, field corn, and soybeans.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

In simple terms, regenerative agriculture is a land management technique that uses a holistic approach to regenerate our land and farm with the goal of improving soil and ecosystem health.

Why is soil condition so important?

Soils in Eastern Illinois are high in clay content. That is not a bad thing; it just means that we should take great precautions to work the soil when the moisture is right (in other words, dry).

A meaningful vision

In the fall of 2020, The Atkins Group was energized by the community’s gravitation towards a field of sunflowers they planted as a transition crop on Stone Creek golf course the prior summer.

Cover crops are doing their jobs at Clearview Farm

Cover crops are doing their jobs at Clearview Farm. Tillage Radish is now dying after the freezing weather in January, but not until they drove their roots deep into the soil profile, extracted nutrients, and stored them in the tuber. When the tuber decays this early spring, the nutrients will be left behind to feed […]