October at Jubilee Farm

Every month at Jubilee Farm gives reason to celebrate the goodness of all creation. October is no exception. Three special events highlighted our October days:


Professor Tony Rothering explains the method of bird banding.
Blue Jay
Gray Cat Bird





Bird Banding, October 7, 2018

Tony Rothering, Professor of Biology at Lincoln Land College, returned to Jubilee Farm with his crew and demonstrated the how’s and why’s of bird banding. Thirty-eight birds representing 17 different species were banded and released. This was a day of education, awe and wonder for all ages.


Bill Irvin holds the Proclamation.
Everyone took part in the tree planting.
Sister Suzanne puts the finishing touches on the newly planted tree.





Bill Irvin Day, October 12, 2018

For 13 years Bill Irvin has been a faithful volunteer at Jubilee Farm.  During the growing season he has brought other volunteers to work in the gardens with Sister Suzanne.  Bill will soon be retiring and moving out of state.  In gratitude, October 12, 2018 was proclaimed “Bill Irvin Day at Jubilee Farm.”  Pictures show and Autumn Blaze Maple tree being planted in Bill’s honor.

Volunteers at Work!
In the thick of it.
Thank you to all the volunteers!

Restoration Workday at the Farm, October 13, 2018

Nate Hoyle, Students from the University of Illinois Biology Club, and other friends of Jubilee Farm arrived early in the morning on Saturday, October 13. Throughout the day they removed brush and planted over 100 tree seedlings.  Their work is part of the Jubilee Farm Restoration Plan which Nate oversees. They were treated to a homemade meal prepared by Sister Anita.

Bird Banding Event at Jubilee Farm

We will be having another bird banding event at Jubilee Farm in October!


American Robin

Do you enjoy watching birds?  Have you ever witnessed the process of bird banding?  Tony Rothering, a licensed bird bander with the Lincoln Association of Bird Banders (LLABB), will be capturing and banding birds during the morning and early afternoon of Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00 am -2:00 pm. (Weather permitting)  Participants will learn about the scientific process of banding and how the data is used to study topics such as bird population dynamics and the impact of habitat change on the diversity and density of bird species.

Learn more about the bird banding event in May by clicking here.

Weaving a Holiday Gift

November 2-4, 2018
Center for Creative Arts at Jubilee Farm

Looking for a unique homemade gift this Holiday Season?

How about weaving your own shawl or scarf or rug!

Looms will be prepared for you!

Choose your hours to come between the hours listed below, starting at noon on Friday, Nov 2 and ending at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Nov 4.  You will receive instructions on how to create your own gift, working at your own pace during the hours of

                        Friday                        12:00 noon to 8:30 p.m.

                        Saturday                     8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

                        Sunday                        8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All projects must be started by noon on Saturday.  Project size and type is dependent upon available looms.   Looms will be assigned in the order that registrations are received.

Limited to 9 participants

Registration & Non Refundable Deposit Required

Cost per person is $125.00 for table top looms, $150 for floor looms. 

Non-refundable deposit of $40 is required, applied towards total.

Registrations accepted through September 24, 2018.

Ages 16 and under require accompanying adult.

Bring a snack to share.  Feel free to leave for meals or bring in your own food.  Refrigerator and microwave available.

For questions contact SisterAnita Cleary, OP at (217) 787-6927.

Weaving Your Story… An Integrative Retreat Experience

This week Sister Anita Cleary, OP directed a retreat titled Weaving Your Story… An Integrative Retreat Experience for three associates and four sisters at Sacred Heart Convent. As you can see, the small contemplative group of sisters and associates wove in their own story into the cloth to create beautifully complex tapestries.