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Local Flavors Week Brings Flavors of Central Illinois to Hometown Restaurants, Third Week of September

During Local Flavors Week customers can find a seasonal meal featuring ingredients from Central Illinois farmers at their favorite hometown restaurants. Local Flavors Week, a program of Illinois Stewardship Alliance, fosters connections between local chefs and farmers and gives residents of rural central Illinois communities an opportunity to experience the true flavors of Central Illinois. […]

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Local Food Legislative Package Signed into Law, Expanding Farmers Market Opportunities for 2018

New Public Acts will remove barriers to the production and sale of local food Farmers markets throughout Illinois will be able to offer even greater variety beginning January 1, 2018 thanks to a pair of local food bills that have now both been signed into law by Governor Rauner. The Local Food Business Opportunities Act […]

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Urge the House Ag Committee to Support Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture in the 2018 Farm Bill: Deadline Sept. 8th

Members of the U.S. House Ag Committee are preparing to write the next Farm Bill and they just came to Decatur last week for one of only a few Listening Sessions across the country. We were thrilled that 25 people we invited attended the session, and 10 got the opportunity to testify in person! Without […]

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Local Food & Sustainable Farming on the Congressional Record!

On Wednesday, August 30, Illinoisans had a very unique opportunity to speak on the congressional record to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture at a farm bill listening session in Decatur. The current farm bill expires in September 2018, and people are already mobilizing all around the country to weigh in on what the next […]

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The Keystone Species for Healthy Soil

By Woody Woodruff A keystone species is defined as a species that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance. These types of species play a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, which in turn affects many of the other organisms in an ecosystem. The keystone species […]

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Farmers Market Meal Kits September 2nd: Market Meatballs and Veggie Gratin

This Saturday, September 2nd, Illinois Stewardship Alliance has partnered with Copper Pot Cooking Studio to once again bring Farmers Market Meal Kits to the Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield. The kits, in the style of Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and other popular meal kit delivery services, will feature perfectly-portioned, fresh, seasonal ingredients with a simple recipe; however, unlike […]

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Farmers Market Meal Kits- August 26: One Pot Market Jambalaya and One Pot Market Pasta

This Saturday, August 26th, Illinois Stewardship Alliance has partnered with Copper Pot Cooking Studio to once again bring Farmers Market Meal Kits to the Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield. The kits, in the style of Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and other popular meal kit delivery services, will feature perfectly-portioned, fresh, seasonal ingredients with a simple recipe; however, unlike […]

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Farmers Market Meal Kits- August 19th: Pork Adobo or Smoky Black Beans with Sweet Corn Relish

This Saturday, August 19th, Illinois Stewardship Alliance has partnered with Copper Pot Cooking Studio to once again bring Farmers Market Meal Kits to the Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield. The kits, in the style of Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and other popular meal kit delivery services, will feature perfectly-portioned, fresh, seasonal ingredients with a simple recipe; however, unlike […]

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The U.S. House Agriculture Committee wants to hear from us! Join us on Aug. 30th for special Listening Session

The U.S House Ag. Committee Will Hold a Listening Session on Aug. 30 in Decatur RSVP HERE Members of the House Ag Committee are preparing to write the next Farm Bill and they’re coming to Decatur for one of only a few Listening Sessions across the country. With three members of Congress from Illinois on the […]

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A Letter To Congressman Rodney Davis

On Saturday, Congressmen Rodney Davis (R-13), who serves on the House Ag Committee, came out to tour the Old Capitol Farmers Market in Springfield. We invited him to see USDA programs in action, like SNAP, Farmers Market Promotion Program and Specialty Crop Block Grants, and to let him know the value of federal support for […]

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