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October 2020

The Dish

October 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the last 12 years, every fall the Alliance has gathered some of central Illinois’ finest chefs and paired their talent with delicious local foods from Illinois farmers, blending them all together for our Annual Harvest Celebration. This year, things will look a little different. We may not be able to gather in person to celebrate the labor and creativity of our great chefs and farmers, but we’re not letting that stop us from gathering in a new way: virtually.…

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Eat•Drink•Vote: Reducing Agricultural Runoff & Water Quality

October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every Tuesday at noon from September until Election Day,  tune into our Facebook Live to hear from farmers and organizations from across the state on key issues from the Alliance's Illinois Food and Farm Candidate Questionnaire Each Facebook Live will focus on one of the nine questions in the Candidate Questionnaire and provide a weekly update on which candidates have completed the questionnaire. You will hear stories from farmers about how issues like food security, land access, climate change, and…

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Eat•Drink•Vote: Farming as a Climate Change Solution

October 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every Tuesday at noon from September until Election Day,  tune into our Facebook Live to hear from farmers and organizations from across the state on key issues from the Alliance's Illinois Food and Farm Candidate Questionnaire Each Facebook Live will focus on one of the nine questions in the Candidate Questionnaire and provide a weekly update on which candidates have completed the questionnaire. You will hear stories from farmers about how issues like food security, land access, climate change, and…

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Eat•Drink•Vote: A Resilient Food System Post Covid-19

October 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every Tuesday at noon from September until Election Day,  tune into our Facebook Live to hear from farmers and organizations from across the state on key issues from the Alliance's Illinois Food and Farm Candidate Questionnaire Each Facebook Live will focus on one of the nine questions in the Candidate Questionnaire and provide a weekly update on which candidates have completed the questionnaire. You will hear stories from farmers about how issues like food security, land access, climate change, and…

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December 2020

Local Food Caucus Kick-Off

December 2, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Calling all local food farmers! This December, farmers like you across the state are banding together in the Alliance’s new Local Food Farmer Caucus to drive a state policy agenda on the issues you care about.    Local Food Farmer Caucus Kick-Off Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4-6pm Thursday, Dec. 3, 4-6pm Virtual For too long decisions have been made without farmers at the table. This caucus changes that. The Local Food Farmer Caucus is a group of farmers that believe that…

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January 2021

Soil Health Caucus 3-Part Annual Meeting

January 12 @ 3:30 pm - January 26 @ 5:00 pm

Do you care about soil health? Thriving ecosystems? Economic viability for farmers who are stewarding our land and resources? You’re invited to attend the Soil Health Caucus’s First Annual Meeting in January! Soil Health Caucus 3-Part Annual Meeting Tuesday, January 12, 3:30-5:00pm Tuesday, January 19, 3:30-5:00pm Tuesday, January 26, 3:30-5:00pm Happy Hours to follow each meeting from 5:00- 6:00pm Registration $15: Includes T-shirt and mailed package of meeting materials In order to receive the mailing, you must register by January…

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February 2021

Annual Gathering of Stewards

February 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Alliance’s Annual Gathering of Stewards, will feature tale-telling, lively debate, general merrymaking, and the sweet organized chaos of democracy in motion. Your voice and your choice matter. Let’s use them together! All Virtual Annual Gathering of Stewards Thursday, Feb. 18th, 2021 at 4- 5:30pm Optional Happy Half-Hour to Follow Free Registration for Members $25 for New Members + Dig Deep Training Sessions At the Chicago Food Justice Summit Feb 25, 26 & March 5,6   Every year, for over…

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April 2021

Home-to-Market Act Meeting

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New legislation, the Home-to-Market Act HB2615/SB2007, has been introduced to support cottage food operations. Your help is needed to get it across the finish line. Join us to learn more about the bill, how it will impact you, and how you can plug in to support this legislation and cottage food businesses everywhere. During this meeting you will: 1. Meet and network with cottage food businesses across the state 2. Hear about the regulatory changes created by the Home-to-Market Act…

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Local Food Farmer Caucus Q1 Meeting

April 15

Join us for the Local Food Farmer Caucus quarterly meeting. The Caucus will discuss policy updates and subcommittee progress as well as celebrate our successes and build stronger relationships with one another. You must be a current member of the Caucus to attend. Please reach out to kathleen@ilstewards.org if you are interested in joining. I will have more info that can be added as the date gets closer.

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Kick-off – Virtual Food & Farm Week of Action

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Kick-Off Lunch Hour: Monday, April 19th 12 Noon Join us over the lunch hour for a kick-off where you’ll: Hear opening remarks and stories from legislative champions. Get a quick overview of our legislative agenda and where our bills are now. Learn the tricks of the trade for talking with legislators and their staff. Take action to make phone calls to your legislators alongside hundreds of other farmers and food lovers across the state at the same time. Learn about upcoming…

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