Category Archives: Local Foods

Local agriculture experiences welcome growth at Hendrick House

Alisa DeMarco’s first year at Hendrick House has been marked with huge strides towards more sustainable food options and integration more local foods on campus. Hendrick House has been a privately owned residence hall on the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign … Continue reading

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‘Food Hubs’ Help Support Local Food

A recent blog post from Roots of Change highlights a food system that has seen its popularity rise along with the demand for sustainable and organic agriculture; the ‘food hub’. The system was born in response the current traditional agribusiness, which … Continue reading

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N 1st Street Farmers Market, Champaign

A few weeks ago we wrote about some of your options for sustainable and organic food around Chambana, and specifically on Urbana’s Farmers Market at Illinois and Vine. What we failed to report, however, was the North 1st Street Farmers … Continue reading

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Options in Chambana

I’m sure plenty of you know about this already, especially if you find yourself perusing this site in the first place, but it’s my dutiful job to remind you that we have lots of options for buying fresh, locally raised … Continue reading

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Cultivating FoodJustice Race, Class, and Sustainability

Popularized by such best-selling authors as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Eric Schlosser, a growing food movement urges us to support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh food produced on local family farms. But many low-income neighborhoods and communities of color … Continue reading

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Tools to help boost local food economy

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley addressed the annual Illinois Specialty Growers Association conference last week in Springfield and highlighted ways the state is working to increase markets for local foods. “More people today want … Continue reading

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U of I business students provide roadmap for a local food hub

Last semester the Edible Economy Project engaged Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) to identify and recommend solutions that will help them establish a local food hub in central Illinois.  Edible Economy is a non-profit organization working to engage partners in 32 Central Illinois counties … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Guide to Direct Farm Business Laws in Illinois

The result of a multi-year project by University of Illinois professor of agricultural law Bryan Endres and co-authors,  the Comprehensive Guide to Direct Farm Business Laws in Illinois is an extensive guide designed  “to help farmers understand the many issues … Continue reading

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“Farm Together Now” author coming to Urbana 7/8/11

On Friday July 8th 6-7:30pm at the Common Ground Food Cooperative (300 S. Broadway Suite 166 – Urbana, IL), Illinois author and sustainable food activist Daniel Tucker will present a slide show and discussion of his new book, Farm Together … Continue reading

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Building the Central Illinois Food & Farm Economy, June 28

The Edible Economy Project invites you to attend “Building the Central Illinois Food & Farm Economy: The Economics of Local Food Production,” a community leadership presentation by nationally recognized local food economist Ken Meter. Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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