Field Day Educational Institutions and Local Food Systems

Private producers, university student farm staff, and university buyers will share ideas about how to involve institutions in local food networks.

Thursday, September 1, 2011, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Illinois Student Farm, Room 1005
2711 S Race St, Urbana IL 61801

  • Pre-register for lunch by August 25: (by August 30 to attend w/o buying lunch) Online:
  • By phone: Via the Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563

Univ.of Illinois Student Farm 2711 S. Race St., Urbana IL 61801, Rm 1005 Pre-registration for pre-open house program is required because space is limited.  Go to

Local Organic Initiative of Carbondale (LOGIC)

Representatives of the Local Organic Initiative of Carbondale (LOGIC) will talk about how they established a relationship to provide local, organic food to Southern Illinois University dining halls.

11:45 – 1:30
Building linkages among farms and institutions
Producers and university dining hall staff will discuss the challenges and opportunities of supplying local food to universities.  Panelists include:

  • Zack Grant, University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm
  • Marty Gray, producer
  • Chris Henning, University of Illinois Dining Services
  • Chuck Stites, University of Illinois Meat Lab
  • Chef Bill Connor, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (invited)
  • Bill Bagby, producer (invited)

1:30 – 2:15
Lunch speaker:  Elaine Sebald. Edible Economy Project

2:15 – 3:00
The Student Perspective
Students from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale will discuss their ideas and experiences:

  • Kevin Wolz, University of Illinois
  • Abu Kahn, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
  • Laura Williams, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

3:00 – 4:00
UI Student Farm tour and Open House
Tour the UI Student Farm and enjoy its open house.  The tour will end by 4:00, but participants are welcome to stay as long as they wish and enjoy food and conversation.  The open house ends at 6:00.


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