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Photos from Our 4th Annual September Eat Local Challenge

The results are in for the 4th annual September Eat Local Challenge, a month long photo scavenger hunt to connect Central Illinois shoppers to local food and farms in their region. The local love was strong this year and 130 shoppers downloaded the scavenger hunt app, featuring 8 photo challenges and a number of food […]

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Conservation Cropping Seminar 2020 Announced, Register Today!

October 10, 2019 — (CHAMPAIGN, IL) – With crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions, and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high. If you haven’t yet got on board with all the sustainable and regenerative changes in agriculture, attending one of the January 21-23 seminars might be just what […]

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Routes to Farm Farmer-to-Farmer Marketing Intensive

  Calling all farmers! Join Illinois Stewardship Alliance and the Route 2 Farm coalition for this 2-day intensive to improve your farm marketing strategies! Learn how to reach new customers, dig deep into your marketing questions, and get answers from other farmers on the ground – all in a personal setting. Leave with practical next […]

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Small Farms are Here to Stay

USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison that he wasn’t holding out much hope for the survival of family dairy operations with fewer than 100 cows. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out…I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a […]

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Did you hear the Buzz? Harvest Celebration 2019 raises $37,000 for just and regenerative food systems.

On Sunday evening we hosted the 12th Annual Harvest Celebration with 250 guests. Farmers, chefs, and eaters all came to Springfield to show their love and support for family farms, wholesome food, and thriving communities. With their support, we raised a record-setting $37,000!Guests dined on small plates of seasonal dishes prepared by eight of Central […]

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Bi-Annual Conference Held in Springfield

Springfield, IL was host to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) summer meeting 2019. NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations across America that advocate for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.  NSAC is reliant on its member organizations to gather federal policy needs and […]

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Redefining ‘Local Foods’

New law positions local businesses for success SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation redefining what shall be considered “local” food in the state of Illinois, making it easier for Illinois-based food producers and manufacturers to compete for state procurement contracts that prioritize “local foods”. Prior to the governor […]

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The Buzz Around Town

Come Enjoy Our Chefs’ Creations Where can you find central Illinois’ finest chefs, most delicious food, and liveliest live auction all in one place? At Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s Annual Harvest Celebration, that’s where! Join us for our 13th annual Harvest Celebration dinner on Sunday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the picturesque Erin’s Pavilion.

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Rain, Rain Go Away

This year’s relentless rain is threatening farmer livelihood, but you can help. By Liz Rupel, policy organizer What a welcomed surprise the sunny skies were on June 25th to farmers that have been hoping for consecutive days of rays to dry out their wet, and in many cases, flooded soils. You may have been hearing […]

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Local food and conservation win big this legislative season

State legislature passes 2 bills, a resolution, and an appropriation to build regenerative, local food systems Increased efforts to organize, educate, and build coalitions paid off big this year for Illinois Stewardship Alliance members and supporters who worked hard this legislative season. Member hosted legislative farm tours, wrote op-eds, attended lobby days, and contacted their […]

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