Calling all farmers! Time and again we hear the troubles of making a local food system work. Chefs want to be able to order all of their products from one source and have convenient delivery times, farmers need convenient delivery routes and more time, space, or capitol to scale up production to meet restaurant quantity demands. In response, Illinois Stewardship Alliance sent out a survey to farmers in central Illinois this past Spring detailing what they might like to see in an online ordering system and if this might be feasible here in central Illinois. Now we are ready to discuss results and create an open dialogue around these idea of: food aggregation, collective marketing, and online ordering; the need for these elements to exist in central Illinois; and what might work best if there is enough need and interest . The Online Ordering and Food Hub Farmer Meeting will be held on November 17th from 12 noon to 4pm at Heartland Community College. Farmers can expect to:
-Hear about ISA’s survey of farmers on an online ordering pilot project
-Provide input about what you would like to see
-Learn about new and developing food hubs throughout Illinois
-Determine what type of partnerships and systems best fit your needs
The meeting is FREE to attend but registration is required: REGISTER NOW
The meeting will be held at Heartland Community College in the Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC), room 2210. This is building number 10 on the map below. Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot O and enter the building through the main doors off of Lot O. Once inside, take the stairs or elevator to the second floor. At the top of the stairs, take the hallway off the atrium to your right. The room will be at the end of the hall, on your right.