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October 2018

Buy Fresh Buy Local Member Meeting: Springfield

October 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Engrained Restaurant & Brewery, 1120 Lincolnshire Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62711 United States
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Calling all Buy Fresh Buy Local members! We’ve got big plans to grow our campaign and connect your businesses to even more customers across the state, but first, we want to hear from you. Please join us at one of the four member meetings below to review our plans, share your thoughts and ideas, and provide insight and feedback that will help our campaign better serve you. Springfield,  Wednesday, October 17th, 1pm, Engrained Restaurant and Brewery in Springfield First drink's…

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November 2018

Buy Fresh Buy Local Member Meeting: Champaign

November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S. High Cross Rd.
Urbana, IL 61802 United States
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Calling all farmers, market managers, farm-to-table chefs, and purveyors of local food. Struggling to reach new customers? Not enough time in the day to do the marketing you want? Need to grow your audience? Join Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois for a free happy hour event to discuss a new plan to connect your farms and businesses to even more customers across the state. We've got ideas and a plan in the works, but we need your input and…

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February 2019

Annual Meeting in Southern Illinois

February 12 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Owl Creek Vineyard, 1600 Cobden School Rd.
Cobden, IL 62920 United States
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We're on tour! Join us at one of four regional meetings to celebrate big wins for local food, industrial hemp and cottage food, reflect on the challenges that lay ahead, hear the latest on our ambitious plan to launch Buy Fresh Buy Local statewide and steer our strategic direction. You'll enjoy fellowship with members and leaders in this Alliance of farmers and eaters changing the local food landscape in Illinois. We will meet from 3 to 5pm, followed by a…

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Annual Meeting in Central Illinois

February 19 @ 3:00 am - 6:00 pm
Arlington’s Restaurant, 210 Broadway
Springfield, IL 62701 United States
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We're on tour! Join us at one of four regional meetings to celebrate big wins for local food, industrial hemp and cottage food, reflect on the challenges that lay ahead, hear the latest on our ambitious plan to launch Buy Fresh Buy Local statewide and steer our strategic direction. You'll enjoy fellowship with members and leaders in this Alliance of farmers and eaters changing the local food landscape in Illinois. We will meet from 3 to 5pm, followed by a…

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Annual Meeting in Northern Illinois

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Plant, 1400 W 46th St.
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
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We're on tour! Join us at one of four regional meetings to celebrate big wins for local food, industrial hemp and cottage food, reflect on the challenges that lay ahead, hear the latest on our ambitious plan to launch Buy Fresh Buy Local statewide and steer our strategic direction. You'll enjoy fellowship with members and leaders in this Alliance of farmers and eaters changing the local food landscape in Illinois. We will meet from 3 to 5pm, followed by a…

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Annual Meeting in Northwestern Illinois

February 27 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Carlysle Brewery, 215 E State St.
Rockford, IL 61104 United States
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We're on tour! Join us at one of four regional meetings to celebrate big wins for local food, industrial hemp and cottage food, reflect on the challenges that lay ahead, hear the latest on our ambitious plan to launch Buy Fresh Buy Local statewide and steer our strategic direction. You'll enjoy fellowship with members and leaders in this Alliance of farmers and eaters changing the local food landscape in Illinois. We will meet from 3 to 5pm, followed by a…

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March 2019

Industrial Hemp Seminar – FULL

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery, 3695 Central Point Rd
Cantrall, IL 62625 United States
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Join us Rolling Meadows Brewery for a free industrial hemp seminar on March 19 from 11am until 3pm. The day will consist of presentations and discussions on the following topics: >Update on State Rules and Regulations >Agronomy lesson focusing on CBD and Fiber >Explanation of equipment needed and construction >The how's and what's of building cooperatives >Learning from an experienced grower Rolling Meadows will be providing a light lunch and some beer samples. Their delicious beer will also be available for purchase.

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April 2019

Soil Health Summit

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St.
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Join us for a Soil Health Summit on April 9 at the State House Inn in Springfield, bringing together farmers, organizations, agency officials, legislators, and other partners to explore how policy can enhance soil health and stewardship of our vital resources. We will hear what organizations like IL Corngrowers, American Farmland Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Partnership, and others are doing to advance soil health and protect water quality in Illinois. We will explore the policy solutions other states have advanced…

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Local Food Lobby Day 2019

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arlington’s Restaurant, 210 Broadway
Springfield, IL 62701 United States
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On Wednesday, April 10th, local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield for Local Food Lobby Day to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. Local Food Lobby Day will consist of a lobby training, a legislative update on the important bills, and lunch (consisting of locally grown and prepared food of course!). Join us in striking up honest conversations with our legislators about the importance of local food systems to our…

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May 2019

Campfire Potluck and Camp Out with Woody Woodruff

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10149 Co Rd 11
Chandlerville, IL 62627 United States
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The work of our Conservation Associate Robert Woodruff has touched the lives of so many farmers and friends. Woody has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for how all things work together in nature and in our communities. For years his farm has served as a living example of what a regenerative farm should be-- with acres of restored natural prairie and permaculture. He has been a resource and inspiration for so many. Now it's our turn to show…

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