Black Sheep Flower Farm, located in Lewistown, about 40 miles from Peoria, is much more than an average flower farm in a rural small town.
Established in 2018, owners Ben Moren and Dennis Monn have transformed the space into a beautiful, naturalistic escape for flower lovers, glamping enthusiasts, and anyone who loves the great outdoors.
The farm sits on a bluff overlooking the Emiquon Nature Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest. Dickson Mounds State Museum also borders the property, with the farm nestled right where the Illinois and Spoon rivers converge. Lewistown native Monn is very familiar with the rich history that surrounds the area.
"The reason there's such a rich history of farming here is because of these rivers converging and creating these wetlands. Native Americans, indigenous people, were dependent upon these wetlands for mussels. Emiquon is a word for a spoon, and they would use the mussel shells as spoons," explained Monn.
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