At Illinois Stewardship Alliance, we believe everyone should have access to wholesome, locally grown food and the farmers, land, and animals responsible for providing that food should be treated with honor. But both family farmers and everyday citizens must overcome many challenges to make that happen, from farm policies that unjustly burden small farmers to economic issues that prevent wholesome food from making it to the people who need it most.
To make a lasting impact on Illinois food systems, we need to address the system as a whole, from the way farmers view conservation practices, to the way citizens buy food, to the way policy makers think about farming and food production. Each part of the system depends on the other, and we cannot make lasting changes without addressing all of them. Illinois Stewardship Alliance is the only statewide non-profit organization that is fighting to make changes on all three fronts: policy advocacy, conservation education, and local food promotion.
But we can’t create change without YOU. There is so much you can do to support healthy and just local food systems:
- Build a relationship with a local farmer, or pledge to spend 10% of your grocery budget on local food. We’ve got a list of nearby farmers and farmers markets all set up to make it easier for you.
- Attend our Local Food Lobby Day in the Spring or choose to dine out at restaurants that support local farmers.
- Plant a garden, or join our e-newsletter for tips on living locally and sustainably.
Or make a donation to Illinois Stewardship Alliance. 80% of all donations go directly to funding our conservation, policy, and local food promotion programs. With your donation we can continue our work in increasing conservation practices among farmers that will protect our soil and water, we will continue to open new markets for small farmers and increase access to local food, we will continue to teach present and future generations the importance of local food and sustainable living and how to incorporate them into their own lives, and we will continue to fight for fair food and farm policies that support our family farmers and make good food available for all.
Food touches all of us and our future depends on how we decide to treat the people and land that are responsible for raising it. We’re all in this together. And you can make a difference too.
We believe so strongly in our work, that if you donate to Illinois Stewardship between now and January 1st, our Executive Director will match dollar for dollar every donation up to $500.