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Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

By Woody Woodruff When I graduated from college my Agricultural degree was from the College of Science and Art. A lot of us enrolled in that Agricultural program were focused on the principles of being a sound, well rounded farmer. We saw the value in a free lifestyle to choose, and each day being a […]

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NRCS Offers Funding for Special Conservation Initiatives- Deadline January 19th

The U.S. Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding for the following special Conservation Initiatives throughout the state: Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Monarch Butterfly Project (Monarch). Producers who have agricultural, pasture, or forest land located in a defined initiative project area (see box […]

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Springfield Winter Farmers Market Returns for 2018 Season

The Springfield Winter Farmers Market will embark on its second season in 2018, making fresh produce and local proteins available to residents all year long.  The market will take place on the 4th Saturday of each month, January – April, 2017 for a total of 4 markets. These free events will be held at the […]

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Grace for the Holidays

  Thanks to you, there is no limit on Grace Bandy’s dreams for her home bakery. A dramatic change in state law paves the way for Illinois home bakers like Grace and family farmers to turn their talent in the kitchen or in the field into a profitable small business. Your generous support this year […]

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Springfield Community Rallies Behind Local Farmers at Holiday Markets

The 2017 Holiday Farmers Markets wrapped up with a bang this past Saturday, December 16th. The markets, now finishing their 11th season, have become a staple for Springfield farmers and shoppers. First-time data collection efforts this year revealed heartening statistics on the impact of the markets on the local community as well as the motivation […]

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Otter Lake Watershed Works to Improve Drinking Water 

By Woody Woodruff Illinois Stewardship Alliance recently co-hosted a watershed workshop with the Otter Lake Water Commission to continue work in addressing drinking water quality issues currently facing Girard, Virden, Auburn, Divernon, and Pawnee’s drinking water supply. This watershed has come together to focus on soil health practices that will positively impact the environment while […]

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Talks Local and Regional Food Opportunity

By: Rebecca Osland Last week, the Federal Reserve convened a meeting that drew local food advocates from around the region to talk about the economic and community impacts of local and regional food. The St. Louis branch of the Fed partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to release a book this year, […]

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Congressman Rodney Davis Cosponsors Industrial Hemp Bill

Illinois was once a top producer of industrial hemp in this country. That is, until federal law lumped this plant together with its psychoactive relative, marijuana, and began regulating hemp as a Schedule I drug. Industrial hemp has at least 25,000 different uses, a handful of which include alternative plastic, a concrete product called hempcrete, food, […]

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Old Capitol Farmers Market: Community Impact Report

Springfield– The Old Capitol Farmers Market wrapped up it’s 18th season this year under new management– a partnership between Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Downtown Springfield Inc., and the Springfield Area Arts Council. The Market is sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Hospital. According to data collection that was completed for the first time ever this year, the Old […]

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Meet Our New Board Candidates

Three candidates have been nominated to join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance board of directors in 2018.  Candidates were nominated by Alliance members, staff and board members. We’re happy to announce the candidates below, which will join the Board pending election results. All Illinois Stewardship Alliance members are eligible to vote.  Elections will be held online […]

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