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.

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. Nominate a person, organization or business doing something fresh in your community. To see previous Golden Beet Award Winners, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Click here to nominate someone in your community for a Golden Beet Award.


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

Other Varieties
Have a nominee that doesn’t fit into the other categories? Use this one!

Make a nomination

Fill out this online form
– An impartial group of individuals involved in local food systems throughout the state will decide on the final winners for each catergory in November.
– Winner will be awarded at our Annual Meeting in December

Previous Golden Beet Awards

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

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