Golden Beet Award


Celebrating Innovative Initiatives that Bring Local Foods to Illinois Communities

Join Illinois Stewardship Alliance in recognizing the creative, innovative and pioneering local food activities in Illinois. and make a nomination!

Why “Golden Beet” you ask? Well, awards are usually shiny and used for recognizing exemplary achievements. We think the brilliant hue of golden beets with their unique standing in the world of edible plants represents the perfect symbol for honoring the innovators in Illinois. A symbol for relishing the activities in Illinois that are paving the way for the development of local food systems. Food systems that feed us and feed our soils. Fresh. Healthy. Delicious. Community building and economy stimulating food.

Winners will be selected in each of the 5 categories below. To insure fairness, a selection committee outside of Illinois Stewardship Alliance staff will review all nominations and select the final winners. Winners will be recognized in front of a crowd of their peers at the Routes 2 Farm Food and Farm convening in January, will be featured in the Illinois Stewardship Alliance statewide newsletter, and will be featured in a press release sent out to media outlets across the state in order to garner further recognition. Nominate a person, organization or business doing something fresh in your community!

Make A Nomination:

Make a nomination here! Can’t decide who to nominate? No worries, you can make multiple nominations.

Nomination Deadline:

Friday, December 2nd

Awards Presentation:

Thursday, January 19th at the Routes 2 Farm Food and Farm Convening at the Starved Rock Convention Center. Stay tuned for more details.


Farm to School
Types of Activities: school gardens, local food curriculum, local food procurement
Possible Entities: school districts, schools, teachers, students, administrators

Restaurants and Institutions
Types of Activities: use of local foods, marketing, procurement, product integration
Possible Entities: restaurants, institutions, universities

Community Food Projects
Types of Activities: community gardens, local food policy councils, farmers markets
Possible Entities: non-profit organizations, churches, community based organizations, collaborative efforts, citizens

Innovative Farmer
Types of Activities: community supported agriculture, direct marketing
Possible Entities: Illinois farmers and local food producers

Scaling Up
Types of Activities: wholesale, processing, distribution, cooperatives
Possible Entities: private businesses, non-profit organization

Previous Golden Beet Award Winners:

Click on the map points below to learn more about the innovative initiatives bringing local foods to Illinois’ communities.

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