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“Celebrating Green Living in Our Community”


Dear Friends of Bluestem Earth Festival,

Whether guest, vendor, sponsor or friend for one or nine years, you have shared your passions, knowledge and skills to join us in celebrating and educating on the life culture that promotes sustainable living. Our in-person festival had so many wonderful venders and exhibits, as well as 5 educational topics of Bluestem University. There were animals and art, healthy food options and earth-friendly plants, door prizes, crafts, services and information. We were motivated by the core value of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters, “Care for our Earth and the Peoples of the Earth, our brothers and sisters.”

After pausing for Covid 19 during 2020, and venturing to an online format in 2021 we are pleased to inform you that we will be bringing back the Bluestem Earth Festival in 2023! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20, 2023. This years FREE event will be held at Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield, IL.

Save time by pre-registering to skip the day of registration line and head directly to our pre-registration table to pick up your attendance wristbands. All attendees must have a wristband. Each family that pre-registers will receive an extra entry into our drawing for amazing environment friendly prizes. CLICK HERE to pre-register.

Bluestem Earth Festival Core Committee
Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate

Please contact us with any questions!


Our Mission

The Franciscan charism has always been one committed to peace, hospitality, and regard for the poor and oppressed. The heart of St. Francis was turned toward all of creation and toward living with justice and care. At our time in history, we are surrounded by critical and massive injustices: devastation of natural resources, global warming, human trafficking, racism, pollution.

How can we be part of healing the crises of today?  Bluestem Earth Festival: Living with Justice and Care is an effort of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and Associates offering education and ideas for action.

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