Symposium on American Food Resilience (Part 1) released

Part 1 of the Symposium on American Food Resilience (13 articles) has now been published in the September issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (  Part 2 (14 articles) will be in the December issue. The entire collection is exciting in the diversity of its coverage, as experts on various aspects of […]

Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the Food System

In late May 2015, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems published a new annotated bibliography, Structural racism present in the U.S. Food System The resource provides useful background reading to advocates, scholars, and anyone else working to bring about a more sustainable and just food system in the United States. We received a number of comments and suggestions […]

Thoughts from “Growing Cities”

Last night, the Prosperity Gardens held a fundraiser at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with refreshments, t-shirts, the first public appearance of their new bus (still without a name, but I hear that they’re taking suggestions), and a screening of the new documentary “Growing Cities,” about the current state of urban agriculture in the United […]

New Blog Focused at Strip-Tilling

We’re excited to tell you about a new site,, recently launched to serve as a source for all you need to know on the methods and equipment needed for strip-tillage, a form of agriculture that engages in minimal tillage. The method attempts to combine the benefits to soil temperature and general predictability of tillage […]

Comprehensive Guide to Direct Farm Business Laws in Illinois

The result of a multi-year project by University of Illinois professor of agricultural law Bryan Endres and co-authors,  the Comprehensive Guide to Direct Farm Business Laws in Illinois is an extensive guide designed  “to help farmers understand the many issues that must be considered when establishing and operating a direct farm business. There is more […]