A vision for the future, planted in the present
Locally grown vegetables and locally raised meats are on the menu of nearly every restaurant. Year round farmers’ markets are in communities across Illinois. More money is in the pockets of family farmers, both young and old. Vacant lots have been transformed into community gardens. Laws are in place that encourage and support, rather than stifle, innovative local farmers and food entrepreneurs. Illinois’ countryside is dotted by farms of all sizes living in harmony, protecting natural resources and the environment. A great re-settling of rural America is revitalizing communities from Carbondale to Rockford.
This is our vision for the future of food and farming — a vision we have been working towards here at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for more than 30 years. We have come a long way but we still have a lot of work to do! We are changing the food and farm system and need your support.
Through June 30, we are holding our 2nd annual membership drive. As a grassroots organization, we rely on member input when deciding how to focus our work and address the most critical issues facing Illinois’ local food and farm system. We want your opinions and input, so we hope you will join today!
Food touches everyone’s lives, and can either heal or harm. With your help we can harness the power of food to improve the health and wealth of our communities. Already we connect local farmers to local restaurants, which translates into more money in the pockets of farmers and fresh, healthy food onto an ever growing number of plates. We are leading the way when it comes to representing the needs of local farmers and food entrepreneurs on both the state and federal level by keeping members informed of policy issues that affect them. We push for legislation that supports and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2011 we led the way in establishing Illinois’ Cottage Food Law, and currently pushing reforms to on-farm composting laws for rural, suburban and urban communities through the legislature. But we need to do more, and with your help we can!
Thank you for your support!
Interim Executive Director
P.S. Our membership drive ends June 30th. If you sign up by then you will be automatically entered to win dinner for two to one of Illinois’ premier farm-to-table restaurants or luggage from Patagonia!
Mission: ISA promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food systems through policy development, advocacy and education.
Vision: We envision a system where soils are treated as a precious resource, local food producers earn a fair, living wage, local food education is integrated into all levels of education, infrastructure is rebuilt to accommodate local food systems and good food is available for all.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) is a membership-based organization. If you are local food producer, concerned citizen or food-systems related organization, we invite you to join us! Alliance members span the state and have one thing in common: all care about the food that is produced and consumed in Illinois and want to support the increase of fresh, local foods. Click here to find out how you can become part of the Alliance.
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News from the Farm
- Remember the Farm Bill? Its Back! May 23, 2013
- Local Flavors May 21, 2013
- 2013 Legislation May 10, 2013
- Join May 7, 2013
- Donate May 7, 2013
- ISA honors four lifetime members May 7, 2013
- Compost reform clears House, moves to Senate May 6, 2013
- ISA puts on chef/farmer mixers around the state May 6, 2013
- Local food movement in danger May 6, 2013
- Conservation Stewardship Program April 30, 2013