Extension Educator, Community Development
Brenda E. Derrick
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
July 26, 2007
Thank you to Kevin Ballard and the Unitarian Church for hosting this event!
July 25, 2007
Have you ever dreamed of starting a farm business or expanding your current operation to include a value-added product, fruits & vegetables or specialty livestock? Do you know the skills, resources, and traits that are the "keys to success" for farm entrepreneurs? This workshop, co-sponsored by The Land Connection and University of Illinois Extension, is designed to help you decide if your entrepreneurial "farm dream" is ready to become a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to meet experienced sustainable farmers, and learn about many types of farm enterprises. Activities such as a Self Assessment and Resource Inventory will help you formulate, develop, and test the viability of your farm dream.
This workshop will cover resource assessment, goal-setting, financial planning, marketing options, and finding land and equipment. Farm Dreams will help you learn what it takes to start and manage your own farm-based business, and decide whether this is the path you are ready to take. Participants will receive a packet of resource materials including a list of technical assistance providers. A supper featuring local foods will be served.
Farm Dreams - Thursday, August 16, 2007
4:30-8:30 pm - $15 per person registration fee
U of IExtension - Adams/Brown Unit, 330 S. 36th St. Quincy, IL 62301
July 20, 2007
When you sit down to a meal, each item on your plate has typically traveled between 1,500 and 2,500 miles. Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon chose to confront this unsettling statistic with an experiment: for one year, they would eat only locally grown and produced food. Their "100-Mile Diet" made personal such critical issues as global warming, collapsing fish stocks, the loss of family farms, and food safety. At the same time, they learned the joys of reconnecting with community and home ground.
Alisa Smith will speak in Chicago about the "100-Mile Diet" movement and the book that chronicled her year, Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, at Fox and Obel Market (401 E. Illinois, phone 312-410-7301) on Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m.
July 6, 2007
The 3rd Annual Locally Grown FoodFest will be held on Saturday August 4, 2007 in Washington Park in historic downtown Quincy, IL. While at the FoodFest you can meet and talk to local farmers at the Quincy Farmers Market and buy the freshest produce and locally-raised meat products. Activities for kids and families, great food, informational booths, fun contests and live entertainment will be available throughout the day.
Back again for the third year is the ever popular Chefs Competition with a new iron-chef like twist on the event. Local chefs will participate by purchasing local produce from the market and then preparing a meal to be judged by our celebrity judges. Rick Rose from WGEM will be our emcee again this year for this fun and exciting event.
Check out the Locally Grown FoodFest page on this website for the latest upates about the festival.