We are green thumbs and farmer tans, soccer moms and scientists, chefs and shepherds and farmers market shoppers. We are gardeners and growers and guardians of natural resources. We are farmers and food lovers and friends of the earth. We are dreamers and doers. Movers, shakers, caretakers and changemakers. We are stewards.
“Being a steward means embracing all the ways I can contribute to a better food system. Being a member of a CSA, seeking out local food whenever possible, tending a small orchard, staying informed on legislative issues, reaching out to my legislators on action alerts, and being an active member of Illinois Stewardship Alliance are all a part of being a steward for me” – Lindsay Record
“To me, a steward means leading by example through one’s daily habits and actions, so as to guide others in a healthy, positive direction” – Chad Wallace, Oak Tree Organics
“As a farmer, being a good steward means leaving the land that God has put me in charge of healthier and in better shape than when I began farming that land. I realize now as I enter the twilight of my life that even though I own some of the land I farm, I am really just on this Earth for a short time and have been given the privilege of being a caretaker of the land” – Robert Gleason, Gleason Bros. Farm
“To me, being a steward means being able to have confidence that my decisions, whether they be in the voting booth, at the farmers market, or on our small farm, are reflecting my values and contributing to an agricultural system that will be able to provide for future generations. The Illinois Stewardship Alliance helps me stay informed and actively works to support conservation practices, good farm policy, and small family farmers. I can always be confident in my decision to support the Alliance and their work. ” – Lindsay Keeney, Illinois Environmental Council
“Being a good steward means that I use my limited resources in a manner that will assure my children can use the same resources. It’s a responsibility.” – Amy Randazzo, Grani’s Acres Farm
“It is our responsibility to preserve and tend to our earth and our community. Business can be about more than just making a profit. Businesses can do good. Apply focus to what you buy and who you buy it from to fulfill the duty of a good steward.” – Brent Schwoerer, Engrained Restaurant & Brewery. ““For us, being Stewards means taking care of our earth and our community by growing and preparing fresh, local, and natural food.” – Melissa Schwoerer, Engrained Restaurant & Brewery
To cap off our Membership Drive, we’re hosting a party to thank so many members’ commitment to the Alliance. Join us:
Annual Summer Shindig
Sunday, June 24, 3-6:00pm
Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery in Cantral
Join us at their farmstead brewery for door prizes, live music, and brewery tours and tastings on us! Food will be available for purchase from the incredibly talented Coopers StrEATside Bistro. Meet members and supporters from across the state that care about local food and sustainable farming, just like you.
Good food, good music, and good company…what more could you ask for? Members are FREE, guests and non-members are $25. RSVP Now