Save the Date: Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Meeting February 15th

You care about food. You care about farms. You care about clean water, healthy soils, and the well-being of your community. You’re concerned with the current state of our food system– the declining number of family farmers and the shift to corporate control– and you’re ready to join the movement for change.

Join Illinois Stewardship Alliance on Thursday, February 15th, from 10:30am – 4:30pm to learn how you can make a difference.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Meeting
Thursday February 15th
Red Roof Inn: The State House
101 E. Adams St.
10:30am – 4:30pm

Alliance members from across the state will converge at the State House Inn in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 15th, to celebrate our victories, strategize around our losses, and set our sights on 2018.  You’ll hear about how the soil beneath our feet can clean our drinking water and fight climate change, the latest trends in Buy Fresh, Buy Local, and how state and federal decision-makers will influence the food on our plates in the coming year.  You’ll enjoy a locally-sourced lunch and plenty of opportunities to network with a grassroots community that cares as much as you do, including a happy hour from 4:30 – 6pm.  And you’ll come away with energy and tools to work together toward a more just, sustainable food system. The membership meeting is open to the public but space is limited.


We’re proud to introduce our very own Conservation Associate Woody Woodruff – a innovative central Illinois farmer and powerhouse advocate for soil health conservation in Illinois – as the keynote speaker of our Annual Membership Meeting on Feb. 15.

Woody’s story begins more than three decades ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. There he taught farmers about crop rotations, irrigation techniques and other conservation practices before returning home to implement these practices on his family’s 100 acre farm in Modesto, Illinois.

Woody’s farm has become a model of sustainability – raising beans, grains, and a variety of fruit and nut trees as well as restoring a native prairie that protects four acres of wetlands. He is a champion of innovation in Illinois, planting one of the first ever plots of Kernza, a new perennial grain, and is an expert in conservation practices and training other farmers.

Woody will share his unique experiences in agriculture both abroad and close to home and how those experiences have shaped his relationship with the soil, with the earth, his community and his own food.

Woody’s keynote address will begin at 11am.


Welcome: Andy Heck
President, Alliance Board of Directors

Keynote: Woody Woodruff
“A Farmer’s Journey: Lessons from the African plains, the Illinois prairie, and the soil beneath our feet”

Local Food Lunch
Golden Beet Awards
Bucket Raffle Auction

Local Food Trends and the Future of Buy Fresh Buy Local
Molly Gleason

Local Food Advocacy
Rebecca Osland

Networking Happy Hour

Golden Beet Awards

Join us at the Annual Meeting to honor the most innovative and pioneering local food project across Illinois with our 2018 Golden Beet Award Winners:

Innovative Farmer:
Spurgeon Veggies CSA, Galesburg

Restaurants and Institutions:
Cristaudo’s Cafe & Bakery, Carbondale

Farm to School:
Julie Anders and the Fowler Farm Project, Champaign

Community Food Project:
Nature’s Farm Camp, Chicago

Scaling Up:
Spence Farm Foundation’s Bread Camp, Fairbury

Meet the 2018 Golden Beet Award Winners over lunch at our Annual Meeting.