Live Local Conference

This conference on local and regional food systems, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau, looks like it will provide some great information for folks interested in local marketing. Pre-registration closes in one week.  REISTER NOW! Talks and breakout sessions address a variety of things, including food safety, policy, networking, technical assistance, one-on-one consulting, and community development.  […]

Keeping Organic Soil-Centric or Can it Get Fishy?

The first organic standard was developed by the Soil Association so it is not surprising that  was founded on the premise that “organic systems are soil based”.  Developments in new technologies, demographics, and consumer interest in locally grown food has driven interest in urban production systems including vertical farms that produce food using hydroponics (these […]

Local Grains Field Day at Janie’s Farm Sept 10

If you are interested in local grains or tasty beer, bread or other foods made from them you will want to attend the Illinois Organic Growers Association field day that will take place at Janie’s Farm on Sept 10. You can learn about exciting on farm selection trials that Harold and Ross Wilkins are carrying […]

Event: 2014 Local and Regional Food Summit

Attend the fourth annual Local and Regional Food Summit and learn from leaders in the local and regional food industry on all the different projects taking shape. Speakers will include those from the retail grocery, foodservice distribution, university foodservice, food hub, specialty crops, meat processing, dairy, value-added products, community supported agriculture organization and more!

Farm-to-Mansion Dinner Fundraiser

Local growers and vendors are getting together to support Allerton Park – and so can you! Come out to support Allerton Park and these local farms as you enjoy delicious tasting-portion samples, complemented with beer from JT Walker’s Brewery (Mahomet, IL) and wine from Sleepy Creek Vineyards (Fairmont, IL). Guest Chef Thad Morrow of Champaign’s Bacaro will highlight the flavors […]

Seed Saving Workshop

Prairie Fruits Farm and The Land Connection will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 1-4pm on the principles and history of seed-saving. The workshop will be led by Vicki Nowicki, founder of the Liberty Gardens Seed Lending Library. She will also demonstrate how to save lettuce and bean seeds. More information about her can […]