Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
330 S. 36th St
Quincy, IL 62301
2013 Locally Grown Food Guide
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Locally Grown is a comprehensive program to help develop a sustainable local food system. Locally Grown provides an approach to target all levels of the local food system network by creating learning opportunities and increasing availability of locally grown products for consumers. The project creates awareness and understanding between farmers and consumers resulting in a more sustainable food system.
• Increase awareness of all participants of the importance of a sustainable local food system.
• Increase consumer awareness of the benefits of buying local food and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.
• Build relationships between farmers and consumers leading to increased understanding of the growing methods and increased purchasing of local products.
• Increase farmers understanding of marketing leading to increased sales and economic sustainability.
Program Efforts Include:
Farmers Market We work to help establish and promote farmers markets in the area. We also provide educational opportunities for youth and adults at the Farmers Market.
Community Garden The goals of the garden are to provide access to garden space, educate people about gardening, improve nutrition, increase access to fresh low-cost produce, build bridges between neighbors and communities, and generally make Quincy cleaner and greener. The garden also promotes good natural resource management as it pertains to gardening. We encourage conserving water, recycling garden waste, and implement sustainable and environmentally safe pest control practices in the garden.
Educational opportunities for farmers include growing and marketing workshops and one to one consulting.
Newsletter, website and more... A Locally Grown Newsletter is written and sent out twice a year that includes a feature on a local farmer, information on why to buy local, and more. Click here to check it out: