Engaging Institutions in Developing Regional Food Systems:
SETTING THE TABLE FOR COLLABORATION
Photo Credit: Katie Davison
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus Farm
Hosted by Center for Governmental Studies-Northern Illinois University
On Tuesday, October 15, over 75 leaders in the regional food system came together to discuss how institutions could support the development of regional food systems. This day-long gathering took place at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois where participants were able to tour the on-campus, student-run farm. Participants heard panel discussions on existing initiatives and resources within our region.
Patsy Benveniste, Vice President, Education and Community Programs, Chicago Botanic Garden
Victoria Cooper, Director Emeritus, Environmental Technology Program, Wilbur Wright College
Christopher Merrett, Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
Richard Weinzierl, Professor and Extension Entomologist, IL SARE PDP Coordinator, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Julia Govis, Program Coordinator, Illinois Farm to School, Region 1 Office
Dan Kenney, Director, DeKalb County Community Gardens
Rob Montalbano, Slow Food Board Member, Montalbano Farms
During the Open Space session that took place the afternoon of our conference, participants discussed ways to engage institutions and collaborate in developing regional food systems. Thanks to the PASCAL International Observatory, we were able to offer $500 seed funding for the project that would best leverage the use of the funds.
Three project proposals were submitted:
- Presenting a Free Educational Community Workshop
- Presenting an Educational Land Summit
- Tailoring a Food Forest to a Community
Please review the proposals, choose the one you think would best address the goal of our conference and send your choice via reply email to Sandra Streed at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 19h. You may use either the proposal number or title.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Conference documents relating to local food system development provided a common base for discussion.
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