On Wednesday, December 10th, local food practitioners, farmers, and eating enthusiasts from across the state gathered together at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting offers a chance for attendees to learn more about ISA’s work in the fields of local food and sustainable agriculture as well as to hear about successful local food projects and highlights from members in various regions of the state.
As this year marked the 40th Anniversary of Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s beginning in 1974, originally as the Illinois South Project, a special commemoration ceremony was held during the Annual Meeting. Attendees were able to hear a letter from Dave Ostendorf, the founder of the Illinois South Project, as well as learn about the important work that the Alliance has undertaken over the years through a historical timeline presentation and a panel of previous board members and participants who have have been involved in ISA’s work in years past.
A brief video showcases ISA’s work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTwq5bmJDUE
A luncheon of local food and three breakout sessions in the afternoon offered attendees a chance to network as well as to become more involved in local food policy, conservation practices, and problem solving for local food systems.