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University of Illinois Extension serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

Tazewell County
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
Email: uie-fmpt@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Fulton County
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Mason County
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Peoria County
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Need information on Community Gardens? We have help available on the following webpages.

Community Garden Webinar Series

Community Gardening and Urban Farming resouces page

Ask a Gardening Question

Master Gardener Plant Detectives and Extension staff are armed and ready to "Help Others Learn to Grow." Contact us today using one of the following methods.
Email: uiemg-peoria@illinois.edu
Master Gardener Helpline: Open May 1 - September 30 at (309) 685-3140 ext. 13 ~ Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - Noon

Questions? Contact Paula Lane, Office Support Assistant at pclane@illinois.edu

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Local Resources and Information

  • EAT HERE Resource Guide to Local Food
    EAT HERE guide to local food, designed to help you find farmers and markets selling our local bounty. In this guide you’ll find lots of information to help you boost your commitment to eating locally, including: list of farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, farm stand locations, and restaurants that offer local fare. Patronizing the businesses listed in this guide helps you find the fresh foods and supports our local economy too.

  • Greater Peoria Food System Assessment
    This project documents and describes the food system in Peoria County and the surrounding region through participatory and analytic mapping and key informant interviews and videos. Case studies and academic research provide suggestions for improving profitability, equity, civic engagement, and health in the local food system.

  • National Cantaloupe Guidance
    This website provides information for cantaloupe producers, handlers and others to develop robust food safety programs that will assist in preventing or minimizing the potential for microbial contamination of fresh cantaloupes and other netted melons during production, harvesting, packing, cooling storing and transportation operations.

  • Rethinking Our Food System - Chef/Farmer Ken Myzka video
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food System and Small Farm Educators work with farmers in Illinois who produce farm products for local and regional markets. These farms range in size from ¼ of an acre to 3,000 acres and are part of a worldwide local food movement that is connecting farmers with local consumers. This short video introduces an Illinois farmer who is a pioneer in the local food movement.

  • Small Farm Local Foods Webinar recordings
    U of I Extension educators present webinars on a variety of topics. They are recorded for viewing at your convenience.

  • Small Farms Webinar Series 2019 flyer PDF
    The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational series for the small farm community. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing can improve profitability and sustainability.

  • the Bulletin
    Pest management and crop development information for Illinois.

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