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Locally Grown: Building a Local Sustainable Food System

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The Locally Grown Program is a comprehensive community effort to assist producers in west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri to market their products by providing information to consumers, restaurants and retail outlets on the availability, nutritional aspects, economic and environmental impacts of buying local. The program targets all levels of the local food system by creating learning opportunities for consumers and producers and increases availability of products resulting in a more sustainable food system. A Locally Grown Advisory Committee of area producers, Extension staff, and other partners plan and coordinate the following activities:
• An annual Locally Grown/Locally Good Expo is held in early spring to introduce consumers to the locally grown food concept. Producers have booths to meet consumers and share information about their products and farming practices.
• The first annual Locally Grown FoodFest was held in August 2005 in Quincy, Illinois to celebrate local food. Celebrating its 5th year in 2009, the Festival includes a farmers market, cooking demos, kids’ activities, educational booths, a chefs’ contest and a tomato and salsa contest.
• Locally Grown Kids is a six-session curriculum to educate elementary students on the origin of food, the importance of a local food economy, sustainable Ag practices, and good nutrition.
• A Local Food Policy Council has been developed to gather information and provide recommendations on sustainable food planning and policy formulation. Two members of the council were instrumental in the development of a locally grown farmers market last year in Quincy, IL.
• The Tri-State Locally Grown Conference was held in November 2007. The state of Iowa is continuing the bi-ennial event rotation in September of 2009.
• Several series of Locally Grown Dinners have been and are currently being held to showcase local farmers, the products they grow, and the culinary talents of area chefs.
• Additional efforts include producer workshops, bi-annual newsletters, web sites and much more.
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Derrick, Brenda., Roegge, Mike. and Edgar, Carrie. "Locally Grown: Building a Local Sustainable Food System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 5th National Small Farm Conference, Hilton Springfield Hotel and Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois, Sep 15, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372892_index.html>

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Derrick, B. E., Roegge, M. and Edgar, C. , 2009-09-15 "Locally Grown: Building a Local Sustainable Food System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 5th National Small Farm Conference, Hilton Springfield Hotel and Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372892_index.html

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Abstract: The Locally Grown Program is a comprehensive community effort to assist producers in west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri to market their products by providing information to consumers, restaurants and retail outlets on the availability, nutritional aspects, economic and environmental impacts of buying local. The program targets all levels of the local food system by creating learning opportunities for consumers and producers and increases availability of products resulting in a more sustainable food system. A Locally Grown Advisory Committee of area producers, Extension staff, and other partners plan and coordinate the following activities:
• An annual Locally Grown/Locally Good Expo is held in early spring to introduce consumers to the locally grown food concept. Producers have booths to meet consumers and share information about their products and farming practices.
• The first annual Locally Grown FoodFest was held in August 2005 in Quincy, Illinois to celebrate local food. Celebrating its 5th year in 2009, the Festival includes a farmers market, cooking demos, kids’ activities, educational booths, a chefs’ contest and a tomato and salsa contest.
• Locally Grown Kids is a six-session curriculum to educate elementary students on the origin of food, the importance of a local food economy, sustainable Ag practices, and good nutrition.
• A Local Food Policy Council has been developed to gather information and provide recommendations on sustainable food planning and policy formulation. Two members of the council were instrumental in the development of a locally grown farmers market last year in Quincy, IL.
• The Tri-State Locally Grown Conference was held in November 2007. The state of Iowa is continuing the bi-ennial event rotation in September of 2009.
• Several series of Locally Grown Dinners have been and are currently being held to showcase local farmers, the products they grow, and the culinary talents of area chefs.
• Additional efforts include producer workshops, bi-annual newsletters, web sites and much more.


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